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adjective [only before noun]     total pronunciation in British English
  1. 1
    with all the numbers or things added together

    The total cost of the project came to about £700,000.

    The total number of votes was over one million.

    Recent immigrants make up less than 3% of the total population.

  2. 2
    complete: used for emphasizing something

    Why would you let a total stranger into the house?

    They sat in almost total silence the whole evening.

    The event was a total success.

    The oil companies had shown a total disregard for public opinion.



a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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