What is total? What is total? An amount obtained by addition; a sum.A whole quantity; an entirety.Of, relating to, or constituting the whole; entire. See Synonyms at whole. Complete; utter; absolute: total concentration; a total effort; a total fool. To determine the total of; add up.To equal a total of; amount to.To wreck completely; demolish: survived the crash but totaled the car. To add up; amount: It totals to three dollars.