tab·​u·​late | \ ˈta-byə-ˌlāt \
tabulated; tabulating

Definition of tabulate 

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from tabulate

tabulation \ ˌta-​byə-​ˈlā-​shən \ noun
tabulator \ ˈta-​byə-​ˌlā-​tər \ noun

Examples of tabulate in a Sentence

A machine is used to tabulate the votes.

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Particularly toward the end of a count, counties with larger populations may start getting to the last few votes, provisional ballots can be verified, and mail-in ballots can be tabulated. German Lopez, Vox, "The Florida voter fraud allegations, explained," 12 Nov. 2018 In a new data set released at the IMF’s annual meetings in Indonesia, researchers have tabulated the assets and debts—a complete public-sector balance sheet—for 31 countries covering 61% of the global economy. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "Government Debts Not as Daunting When Assets Are Mixed In," 9 Oct. 2018 Because some of the mail-in ballots don’t arrive until very close to Election Day, this verification process can take place afterward and make tabulating the votes take significantly longer. Tara Golshan, Vox, "The races that still haven’t been called in Arizona, Florida, and Georgia, explained," 12 Nov. 2018 Instagram—which had no revenue when Facebook bought it—is now on track to generate more than $8 billion in revenue this year, according to consensus estimates tabulated by Visible Alpha. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Facebook Has Troubles With the Better Half," 25 Sep. 2018 The company makes systems used to manage voting booths and to tabulate the final results from those booths. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "A major election software maker allowed remote access on its systems for years," 17 July 2018 Olszewski was declared the winner of the Democratic primary by nine votes after the results were tabulated from early voting, election day and provisional and absentee ballots. Pamela Wood,, "Baltimore County Democrats spent nearly $1.7M on TV ads in primary," 14 July 2018 Asked about multiple reports of irregularities in the local news media, Mr. Wake said that his group’s mission was limited to looking at the technical issues that relate to counting votes and tabulating results. Marc Santora And Helene Bienvenu, New York Times, "Hungary Election Was Free but Not Entirely Fair, Observers Say," 9 Apr. 2018 The options are: * Manually tabulating the report totals from ballot scanners., "FAQ: What you need to know about the Baltimore County recount," 10 July 2018

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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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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 \
tabulated; tabulating

Kids Definition of tabulate

: to count and record in an orderly way tabulate votes

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