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to·tal / ˈtōtl/ • adj. 1. comprising the whole number or amount: a total cost of $4,000. 2. complete; absolute: a total stranger they drove home in total silence. • n. the whole number or amount of something: he scored a total of thirty-three points in total, 200 people were interviewed. • v. (-taled , -tal·ing ; Brit. -talled, -tal·ling) 1. [tr.] amount in number to: they were left with debts totaling $6,260. ∎  add up the full number or amount of: the scores were totaled. 2. [tr.] inf. damage (something, typically a vehicle) beyond repair; wreck.