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 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 The info that goes into ballot-tracking sites is kept separate from systems that tabulate votes and adjudicate questionable ballots. Washington Post, "How to track your ballot like a UPS package," 18 Sep. 2020 This commission would not circumvent existing electoral reporting systems or those that tabulate, evaluate or certify the results. Dan Coats, Star Tribune, "Congress should create a high-level bipartisan and nonpartisan commission to oversee the election," 18 Sep. 2020 The numbers revealed by Harbaugh aren't official; the university doesn't tabulate the results by each sport. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan athletics has uptick in COVID-19 cases, but overall totals remain low," 11 Sep. 2020 Central count workers work in teams of two to tabulate absentee ballots, according to Weiss. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These Milwaukee-area suburbs need more poll workers for the November election. Here's how to help.," 10 Sep. 2020 The lawsuit contends digital images, used to quickly tabulate votes, are indeed public documents and supervisors who discard them are violating state public-records law. John Haughey, Washington Examiner, "Agreement requires Florida elections supervisors to retain digital images of scanned ballots," 26 Aug. 2020 All of this information allows Parcl to tabulate a roundabout quote for the shipping costs. Timothy Latterner, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why I’m Using a Proxy Site to Shop Around the World During Quarantine," 17 Aug. 2020 Maricopa County will upload the next batch of results after 5 p.m. Wednesday and continue to tabulate and report results throughout the week. Jessica Boehm, The Arizona Republic, "Arpaio, Carter and others counting on 100,000 uncounted ballots in Maricopa County," 5 Aug. 2020 But Cegavske said the equipment, education, printing and postage would cost the state an additional $3 million, not including costs to counties, which distribute and tabulate ballots. Sam Metz, Star Tribune, "Nevada to mail all voters ballots; Trump promises lawsuit," 3 Aug. 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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23 Sep 2020

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“Tabulate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 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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