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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Other Words from tabulate

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

Examples of tabulate in a Sentence

A machine is used to tabulate the votes.
Recent Examples on the Web As the Pacific Northwest recovers from the dome of extreme heat that hit last week and spiked temperatures into the triple digits for days before starting to recede on Tuesday, authorities are beginning to tabulate its awful toll. New York Times, 1 July 2021 Instead of local clerks counting provisional ballots after a voter verifies their identity, the board of county canvassers made up of two Democrats and two Republicans would tabulate the ballots. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, 23 June 2021 Each year, brewers tabulate their production data and the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild compiles a report that is submitted to the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 20 July 2021 The New York City Board of Elections expects to have a preliminary count of first-choice votes on Tuesday night and will then tabulate ranked choices starting the following week. Averi Harper, ABC News, 22 June 2021 The board chose instead to tabulate results piecemeal. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 2 July 2021 Billboard was just starting to tabulate streaming data, Black music’s grip on the charts seemed to be slipping, and elsewhere, big-tent EDM was ascending. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, 21 June 2021 More severe sickness is relatively straightforward to tabulate, and hospitalizations and deaths lend themselves to a more comprehensive census. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 27 May 2021 Once decisions to either include or exclude these ballots have been made, the NLRB will open the ballots at a later date to tabulate results, according to the union. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 Apr. 2021

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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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12 Sep 2021

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“Tabulate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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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

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