  # Subtotal vs. Total: What's the Difference? ## Subtotal and Total Definitions

#### Subtotal

Less than total; incomplete.

#### Total

An amount obtained by addition; a sum.

#### Subtotal

The total of part of a series of numbers.

#### Total

The whole amount of something; the entirety
The storm damaged the total of the housing units.

#### Subtotal

To total part of (a series of numbers).

#### Total

Of, relating to, or constituting the whole amount; entire
The total population of the city.

#### Subtotal

To arrive at a subtotal.

#### Total

Complete; utter; absolute
Total concentration.
A total effort.
A total fool.

#### Subtotal

The total for a part of a list of numbers being summed.

#### Total

To determine the total of; add up
They totaled the applications at 600.

#### Subtotal

To calculate a subtotal.

#### Total

To equal a total of; amount to
The week's receipts totaled more than \$90,000.

#### Subtotal

Less than total; partial.

#### Total

To wreck completely; demolish
The driver survived the crash but totaled the car.

#### Total

It totals to \$25.

#### Total

An amount obtained by the addition of smaller amounts.
A total of £145 was raised by the bring-and-buy stall.

#### Total

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

#### Total

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

(used as an intensifier) Complete; absolute.
He is a total failure.

#### Total

(mathematics) (of a function) Defined on all possible inputs.
The Ackermann function is one of the simplest and earliest examples of a total computable function that is not primitive recursive.

#### Total

(transitive) To add up; to calculate the sum of.
When we totalled the takings, we always got a different figure.

#### Total

To equal a total of; to amount to.
That totals seven times so far.

#### Total

To demolish; to wreck completely. (from total loss)
Honey, I’m OK, but I’ve totaled the car.

#### Total

(intransitive) To amount to; to add up to.
It totals nearly a pound.

#### Total

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

#### Total

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.

The whole amount

#### Total

Add up in number or quantity;
The bills amounted to \$2,000
The bill came to \$2,000

#### Total

Determine the sum of;
Add all the people in this town to those of the neighboring town

#### Total

Constituting the full quantity or extent; complete;
An entire town devastated by an earthquake
Gave full attention
A total failure

#### Total

Including everything;
The overall cost
The total amount owed

#### Total

Without conditions or limitations;
A total ban

#### Total

Complete in extent or degree and in every particular;
A full game
A total eclipse
A total disaster