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total (adj.)

late 14c., from Old French total (14c.), from Medieval Latin totalis "entire, total" (as in summa totalis "sum total"), from Latin totus "all, all at once, the whole, entire, altogether," a word of unknown origin. Total war is attested from 1937 (William Shirer), in reference to a concept developed in Germany.

total (n.)

"whole amount, sum," 1550s, from total (adj.).

total (v.)

1716, "bring to a total," from total (n.). Intransitive sense "reach a total of" is from 1859. Meaning "to destroy one's car" first recorded 1954. Related: Totaled; totaling.

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Definitions of total from WordNet
1
total (v.)
add up in number or quantity;
Synonyms: number / add up / come / amount
total (v.)
determine the sum of;
Synonyms: tot / tot up / sum / sum up / summate / tote up / add / add together / tally / add up
total (v.)
damage beyond the point of repair;
My son totaled our new car
the rock star totals his guitar at every concert
2
total (n.)
the whole amount;
Synonyms: sum / totality / aggregate
total (n.)
a quantity obtained by the addition of a group of numbers;
Synonyms: sum / amount
3
total (adj.)
constituting the full quantity or extent; complete;
a total failure
Synonyms: entire / full
total (adj.)
complete in extent or degree and in every particular;
a total disaster
a total eclipse
Synonyms: full
From wordnet.princeton.edu