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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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 The city has four ballot-tabulating machines and a staff of 70 to 100 people opening envelopes and handling ballots each day. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, "London Breed adds to her narrow lead over Mark Leno in San Francisco mayoral race," 10 June 2018 To get a handle on just how successful Meyer has been as a recruiter in terms of landing NFL talent, tabulated the results of the 2015, 2016 and 2017 drafts. Rich Exner,, "NBA playoff all-time leaders; LeBron James now first in points, steals, minutes," 30 Apr. 2018 The ballot was emailed to more than 12,000 members of the National Football Foundation and current Hall of Famers, and their votes are tabulated and submitted to the NFF Honors Courts, which will deliberate and select the class. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former UW stars Joe Thomas, Troy Vincent both on College Football Hall of Fame ballot," 4 June 2018 The ballot was emailed Monday to the more than 12,000 National Football Foundation members and current Hall of Famers whose votes will be tabulated and submitted to the NFF’s Honors Courts, which will deliberate and select the class. Marc Narducci,, "Marvin Harrison leads local contingent on College Football Hall of Fame ballot," 4 June 2018 While RVs were not included in this year’s report, they were counted and tabulated separately, Torres said. Gary Warth,, "RVs, Rescue Mission homeless not included in this year's homeless count," 1 June 2018 By then, local registrars and Merill’s office will have verified and tabulated the signatures collected by candidates. Sandra Gomez-aceves,, "7 Questions Answered About Connecticut's August Primaries," 28 May 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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a state of commotion or excitement

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