total ( totals plural & 3rd person present) ( totalling present participle) ( totalled past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A total is the number that you get when you add several numbers together or when you count how many things there are in a group.
The companies have a total of 1,776 employees.
2 adj The total number or cost of something is the number or cost that you get when you add together or count all the parts in it.
The total cost of the project would be more than $240 million.
3 If there are a number of things in total, there are that number when you count or add them all together.
in total phrase PHR after v, PHR with cl, amount PHR
I was with my husband for eight years in total...
4 verb If several numbers or things total a certain figure, that figure is the total of all the numbers or all the things.
The unit's exports will total $85 million this year... V amount
5 verb When you total a set of numbers or objects, you add them all together.
They haven't totalled the exact figures. V n
6 adj You can use total to emphasize that something is as great in extent, degree, or amount as it possibly can be. usu ADJ n (emphasis)
(=complete) Why should we trust a total stranger?...
totally adv ADV adj/adv, ADV with v
(=completely) Young people want something totally different from the old ways...
The sum totalof a number of things is all the things added or considered together. You often use this expression to indicate that you are disappointed because the total amount is rather small. n-sing usu the N of n
That small room contained the sum total of the family's possessions...
total quality management
Total quality management is a set of management principles aimed at improving performance throughout a company, especially by involving employees in decision-making. The abbreviation TQM is also used. (BUSINESS) n-uncount
He is a firm believer in total quality management.
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