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

Definition of tabulate

transitive verb

1 : to count, record, or list systematically
2 : to put into tabular form

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tabulation \ ˌta-​byə-​ˈlā-​shən How to pronounce tabulation (audio) \ noun
tabulator \ ˈta-​byə-​ˌlā-​tər How to pronounce tabulator (audio) \ noun

Examples of tabulate in a Sentence

A machine is used to tabulate the votes.
Recent Examples on the Web During the training session, which CBS News joined, the trainer shared slides detailing the process for tabulating votes on an iPad and submitting results through a phone line. Dan Patterson, CBS News, "Nevada Democrats to caucus workers: "Don't make early dinner plans"," 20 Feb. 2020 Officials have attributed tabulating problems to a software glitch that triggered inconsistencies in data obtained from a mobile app used to report vote tallies from precincts. Chad Day, WSJ, "Buttigieg and Sanders Hold Lead in Iowa as Caucus Results Trickle In," 6 Feb. 2020 But in its most literal form, election hacking refers to computer breaches that are intended to manipulate voter data, change a vote tally or otherwise discredit tabulated results. Andrew Martin, Fortune, "What Is Election Hacking— And Can It Change Who Wins?," 26 Dec. 2019 According to the three National Weather Services offices in Alaska, there are seven different cities that tabulate official seasonal snowfall records. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Denver’s seen more snow so far this winter than most of Alaska," 9 Dec. 2019 But the president passed up the opportunity to attack any specific candidate, instead mocking Democrats for their delay in tabulating the results from the Iowa caucuses. NBC News, "Trump warns on impeachment payback: 'You'll see'," 7 Feb. 2020 But even after all the results had been delivered, the party still had tremendous difficulty actually tabulating the results. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "American democracy is dying," 7 Feb. 2020 The party blamed the problems on a result-tabulating app by the company Shadow. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Democratic group behind failed Iowa caucus app also funds Wisconsin website," 6 Feb. 2020 The new law is expected to result in a huge surge in voters choosing absentee ballots — perhaps as high as 50% or more — that are more time consuming for clerks to process and tabulate. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan doesn't expect Iowa-type voting problems, but results still could be delayed," 5 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of tabulate

1734, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for tabulate

Latin tabula tablet

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The first known use of tabulate was in 1734

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24 Feb 2020

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“Tabulate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tabulate

: to arrange information in an organized way so that it can be studied, recorded, etc.


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

Kids Definition of tabulate

: to count and record in an orderly way tabulate votes

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