total (n.) Look up total at
"whole amount, sum," 1550s, from total (adj.).
total (v.) Look up total at
1716, "bring to a total," from total (n.). Intransitive sense "reach a total of" is from 1859. Meaning "to destroy one's car" first recorded 1954. Related: Totaled; totaling.
total (adj.) Look up total at
late 14c., from Old French total (14c.), from Medieval Latin totalis "entire, total" (as in summa totalis "sum total"), from Latin totus "all, all at once, the whole, entire, altogether," of unknown origin. Total war is attested from 1937 (William Shirer), in reference to a concept developed in Germany.