Total vs. Complete

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  • Total (noun)

    An amount obtained by the addition of smaller amounts.

    "A total of £145 was raised by the bring-and-buy stall."

  • Total (noun)


    "The total of 4, 5 and 6 is 15."

  • Total (adjective)

    Entire; relating to the whole of something.

    "The total book is rubbish from start to finish."

    "The total number of votes cast is 3,270."

  • Total (adjective)

    (used as an intensifier) Complete; absolute.

    "He is a total failure."

  • Total (verb)

    To add up; to calculate the sum of.

    "When we totalled the takings, we always got a different figure."

  • Total (verb)

    To equal a total of; to amount to.

    "That totals seven times so far."

  • Total (verb)

    to demolish; to wreck completely. (from total loss)

    "Honey, I’m OK, but I’ve totaled the car."

  • Total (verb)

    To amount to; to add up to.

    "It totals nearly a pound."

  • Complete (verb)

    To finish; to make done; to reach the end.

    "He completed the assignment on time."

  • Complete (verb)

    To make whole or entire.

    "The last chapter completes the book nicely."

  • Complete (adjective)

    With all parts included; with nothing missing; full.

    "My life will be complete once I buy this new television."

    "She offered me complete control of the project."

    "After she found the rook, the chess set was complete."

  • Complete (adjective)

    Finished; ended; concluded; completed.

    "When your homework is complete, you can go and play with Martin."

  • Complete (adjective)

    Generic intensifier.

    "He is a complete bastard!"

    "It was a complete shock when he turned up on my doorstep."

    "Our vacation was a complete disaster."

  • Complete (adjective)

    In which every Cauchy sequence converges to a point within the space.

  • Complete (adjective)

    In which every set with a lower bound has a greatest lower bound.

  • Complete (adjective)

    In which all small limits exist.

  • Complete (adjective)

    In which every semantically valid well-formed formula is provable.

  • Complete (adjective)

    That is in a given complexity class and is such that every other problem in the class can be reduced to it (usually in polynomial time or logarithmic space).

Oxford Dictionary
  • Total (adjective)

    Whole; not divided; entire; full; complete; absolute; as, a total departure from the evidence; a total loss.

  • Total (noun)

    The whole; the whole sum or amount; as, these sums added make the grand total of five millions.

  • Total

    To bring to a total; also, to reach as a total; to amount to.

  • Total

    to determine the total of (a set of numbers); to add; - often used with up; as, to total up the bill.

  • Total

    To damage beyond repair; - used especially of vehicles damaged in an accident; as, he skid on an ice patch and totaled his Mercedes against a tree. From total loss.

  • Complete (adjective)

    Filled up; with no part or element lacking; free from deficiency; entire; perfect; consummate.

  • Complete (adjective)

    Finished; ended; concluded; completed; as, the edifice is complete.

  • Complete (adjective)

    Having all the parts or organs which belong to it or to the typical form; having calyx, corolla, stamens, and pistil.

  • Complete

    To bring to a state in which there is no deficiency; to perfect; to consummate; to accomplish; to fulfill; to finish; as, to complete a task, or a poem; to complete a course of education.

Webster Dictionary
  • Total (noun)

    the whole amount

  • Total (noun)

    a quantity obtained by addition

  • Total (verb)

    add up in number or quantity;

    "The bills amounted to $2,000"

    "The bill came to $2,000"

  • Total (verb)

    determine the sum of;

    "Add all the people in this town to those of the neighboring town"

  • Total (adjective)

    constituting the full quantity or extent; complete;

    "an entire town devastated by an earthquake"

    "gave full attention"

    "a total failure"

  • Total (adjective)

    including everything;

    "the overall cost"

    "the total amount owed"

  • Total (adjective)

    without conditions or limitations;

    "a total ban"

  • Total (adjective)

    complete in extent or degree and in every particular;

    "a full game"

    "a total eclipse"

    "a total disaster"

  • Complete (verb)

    come or bring to a finish or an end;

    "He finished the dishes"

    "She completed the requirements for her Master's Degree"

    "The fastest runner finished the race in just over 2 hours; others finished in over 4 hours"

  • Complete (verb)

    bring to a whole, with all the necessary parts or elements;

    "A child would complete the family"

  • Complete (verb)

    complete or carry out;

    "discharge one's duties"

  • Complete (verb)

    complete a pass

  • Complete (verb)

    write all the required information onto a form;

    "fill out this questionnaire, please!"

    "make out a form"

  • Complete (adjective)

    having every necessary or normal part or component or step;

    "a complete meal"

    "a complete wardrobe"

    "a complete set pf the Britannica"

    "a complete set of china"

    "a complete defeat"

    "a complete accounting"

    "an incomplete flower"

  • Complete (adjective)

    perfect and complete in every respect; having all necessary qualities;

    "a complete gentleman"

    "consummate happiness"

    "a consummate performance"

  • Complete (adjective)

    having all four whorls or principal parts--sepals and petals and stamens and carpels (or pistils);

    "complete flowers"

  • Complete (adjective)

    highly skilled;

    "an accomplished pianist"

    "a complete musician"

  • Complete (adjective)

    without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers;

    "an arrant fool"

    "a complete coward"

    "a consummate fool"

    "a double-dyed villain"

    "gross negligence"

    "a perfect idiot"

    "pure folly"

    "what a sodding mess"

    "stark staring mad"

    "a thoroughgoing villain"

    "utter nonsense"

  • Complete (adjective)

    having come or been brought to a conclusion;

    "the harvesting was complete"

    "the affair is over, ended, finished"

    "the abruptly terminated interview"

Princeton's WordNet

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