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verb [transitive] American English pronunciation: total /ˈtoʊt(ə)l/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theytotal
he/she/ittotals
present participletotaling or totalling
past tensetotalled or totaled
past participletotalled or totaled
  1. 1
    to be a particular total as a result of all the numbers of things being added together

    Her earnings from tournaments now total over $3 million.

    Sales totaled about $6 million for the year.

    The company had taken out loans totaling $60 million.

    1. a.

      total

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      total up

      to add several numbers or amounts together

      At the end of the day, please total your receipts.

  2. 2
    informal to completely destroy a vehicle

    We weren't hurt in the accident, but the car was totaled.

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