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 Government surveys tabulate everything from annual population estimates to the unemployment rate. Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, "The surprising holes in our knowledge of America’s homeless population," 17 Sep. 2019 Minister of Health Duane Sands told the Miami Herald the official death toll represents confirmed deaths and is tabulated as the bodies arrive at the morgue. Fox News, "Hurricane Dorian death toll at 44, but officials, residents know it will rise dramatically," 9 Sep. 2019 But there is a corollary: Information that one tabulates often is more complicated, more nuanced and more treacherous than laypersons understand. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Surveys are harder, more complicated than people think," 25 Aug. 2019 When California voters’ first and second choices were tabulated by the Berkeley IGS poll, Harris was tied in her home state with Biden and Warren. Jaime Welton, The Mercury News, "Kamala Harris, eyeing a prime debate opportunity, still looking for her political niche," 23 June 2019 Part of the challenge in tabulating emissions from fires is that blazes can break out regardless of human activity. J.d. Morris,, "California trumpets its climate leadership. But wildfires and flying could stymie its goals," 16 Sep. 2019 Big Brother’s cameras are ubiquitous, and everything from daily step counts to religious interests are tracked and tabulated. Mona Charen, National Review, "What Hong Kong Means for the U.S.," 16 Aug. 2019 Some of the equipment is used to transmit preliminary results on the night of an election, while other backend systems tabulate the official outcomes. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Security News This Week: Election Systems Are Way More Vulnerable Than We Thought," 10 Aug. 2019 The Pop Songs chart measures total weekly plays, as tabulated by Nielsen Music, among its reporting panel of 166 stations. Gary Trust, Billboard, "Camila Cabello Makes Rare Double Airplay Chart Debut With 'Liar' & 'Shameless'," 10 Sep. 2019

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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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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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