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

transitive verb

: to count, record, or list systematically
: to put into tabular form
tabulation noun
tabulator noun

Example Sentences

A machine is used to tabulate the votes.
Recent Examples on the Web Another factor in the wait for election results is whether a state allows election officials to process or tabulate absentee ballots before Election Day. Chad Day And Christine Mai-duc, WSJ, 14 Nov. 2022 Officials received more than 74,000 mail-in ballots during the primary and took 36 days to completely tabulate all ballots and conduct a recount in the Democratic primary race for county executive. Karina Elwood, Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2022 The secretary of state oversees election management in Arizona, including testing the accuracy of the voting machines the 15 counties use to tabulate ballots. Mary Jo Pitzl, The Arizona Republic, 22 Sep. 2022 The ExpressVote machines don’t actually count the votes, but print physical ballot cards before they’re put in a scanner to tabulate the votes. Brian Amaral,, 6 Sep. 2022 Clerks cannot remove absentee ballots from the secrecy sleeve or tabulate them. Detroit Free Press, 31 Oct. 2022 Backstage, three analysts tabulate the answers to the digital polling and project the results on overhead screens. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2022 Clerks cannot remove absentee ballots from the secrecy sleeve or tabulate them. Detroit Free Press, 7 Oct. 2022 Nielsen has lost industry accreditation for its national TV ratings service, and is working on a new measurement methodology that would tabulate unduplicated cross-stream viewership, but it will not be rolled out in full for several months. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 9 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History


Latin tabula tablet

First Known Use

1734, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of tabulate was in 1734

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“Tabulate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

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tab·​u·​late ˈtab-yə-ˌlāt How to pronounce tabulate (audio)
tabulated; tabulating
: to count and record in an orderly way
tabulate votes
tabulation noun
tabulator noun

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