# Total vs. Sum

## Difference Between Total and Sum

#### Totalnoun

An amount obtained by the addition of smaller amounts.

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

#### Sumnoun

A quantity obtained by addition or aggregation.

*The sum of 3 and 4 is 7.*

#### Totalnoun

Sum.

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

#### Sumnoun

(often plural) An arithmetic computation, especially one posed to a student as an exercise (not necessarily limited to addition).

*We're learning about division, and the sums are tricky.*

#### Totaladjective

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.*

#### Sumnoun

A quantity of money.

*a tidy sum*

*the sum of forty pounds*

#### Totaladjective

(used as an intensifier) Complete; absolute.

*He is a total failure.*

#### Sumnoun

A summary; the principal points or thoughts when viewed together; the amount; the substance; compendium.

*This is the sum of all the evidence in the case.*

*This is the sum and substance of his objections.*

#### Totalverb

(transitive) To add up; to calculate the sum of.

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

#### Sumnoun

A central idea or point.

#### Totalverb

To equal a total of; to amount to.

*That totals seven times so far.*

#### Sumnoun

The utmost degree.

#### Totalverb

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

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

#### Sumnoun

(obsolete) An old English measure of corn equal to the quarter.

#### Totalverb

(intransitive) To amount to; to add up to.

*It totals nearly a pound.*

#### Sumnoun

The basic unit of money in Kyrgyzstan.

#### Totalnoun

the whole amount

#### Sumnoun

The basic unit of money in Uzbekistan.

#### Totalnoun

a quantity obtained by addition

#### Sumverb

(transitive) To add together.

#### Totalverb

add up in number or quantity;

*The bills amounted to $2,000*

*The bill came to $2,000*

#### Sumverb

(transitive) To give a summary of.

#### Totalverb

determine the sum of;

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

#### Sumpronoun

eye dialect of some

#### Totaladjective

constituting the full quantity or extent; complete;

*an entire town devastated by an earthquake*

*gave full attention*

*a total failure*

#### Sumdeterminer

eye dialect of some

#### Totaladjective

including everything;

*the overall cost*

*the total amount owed*

#### Sumnoun

a quantity of money;

*he borrowed a large sum*

*the amount he had in cash was insufficient*

#### Totaladjective

without conditions or limitations;

*a total ban*

#### Sumnoun

a quantity obtained by addition

#### Totaladjective

complete in extent or degree and in every particular;

*a full game*

*a total eclipse*

*a total disaster*

#### Sumnoun

the final aggregate;

*the sum of all our troubles did not equal the misery they suffered*

#### Sumnoun

the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience;

*the gist of the prosecutor's argument*

*the heart and soul of the Republican Party*

*the nub of the story*

#### Sumnoun

the whole amount

#### Sumnoun

the basic unit of money in Uzbekistan

#### Sumnoun

a set containing all and only the members of two or more given sets;

*let C be the union of the sets A and B*

#### Sumverb

be a summary of;

*The abstract summarizes the main ideas in the paper*

#### Sumverb

determine the sum of;

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