tab·​u·​late ˈta-byə-ˌlāt How to pronounce tabulate (audio)
tabulated; tabulating

transitive verb

: to count, record, or list systematically
: to put into tabular form
tabulation noun
tabulator noun

Examples of tabulate in a Sentence

A machine is used to tabulate the votes.
Recent Examples on the Web The votes were then tabulated, with Silver Dollar City coming out on top in 2023 and 2024. Natalie Wallington, Kansas City Star, 2 May 2024 Investors have been able to cast their votes prior to the meeting, where the vote counts will be tabulated and announced. Todd Spangler, Variety, 1 Apr. 2024 In 2023, classic-car insurance company Hagerty tabulated the most expensive cars ever sold at auction. Bob Sorokanich, Robb Report, 10 Apr. 2024 Such spaces had frequently been tabulated as unused or underutilized — and then made available to charters. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, 3 Apr. 2024 For the winter as a whole, in addition to cities like Minneapolis-St. Paul, Milwaukee, Des Moines and Albany, dozens of other locations were also in line to set all-time record warm winters, as final data was still being tabulated Friday. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 2 Mar. 2024 Both commissioners said their offices will not start tabulating early votes until next week on Election Day. Natalie Wallington, Kansas City Star, 27 Mar. 2024 To tabulate the results, Launchmetrics employed a proprietary Media Impact Value (MIV) algorithm that determined the performers across five categories: women, men, fashion, watches and jewelry, and accessories. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Mar. 2024 As with all local elections in Arizona, the results will remain unofficial until they’ve been tabulated and canvassed by local officials. Sam Kmack, The Arizona Republic, 18 Mar. 2024

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Word History


Latin tabula tablet

First Known Use

1734, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of tabulate was in 1734

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“Tabulate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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tab·​u·​late ˈtab-yə-ˌlāt How to pronounce tabulate (audio)
tabulated; tabulating
: to count and record in an orderly way
tabulate votes
tabulation noun
tabulator noun

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