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 At the end of the 90 seconds, the winner’s items will be tabulated, and taken home. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Unexpected but magnificent guests landed in town: Whit & Whimsey," 22 Nov. 2019 As of August, Human Rights First had tabulated 100 violent crimes against returnees. Maria Verza, The Denver Post, "Migrants stuck in lawless limbo within sight of America," 18 Nov. 2019 Due to changes to the vote counting process in Harris County, the Nov. 5 totals for those precincts of The Woodlands that fall inside Harris County had been tabulated. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Woodlands board sees Snyder, Sekula-Gibbs and Milner nab unofficial victories," 5 Nov. 2019 Information on these developments is available from many sources, including state departments of health that tabulate death statistics, the Social Security administration, and other researchers. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Depths of U.S. despair defy traditional economics," 27 Oct. 2019 Now the department of education is asking states to also tabulate students enrolled in a previous school year and not enrolled the following fall. Dawn Rhodes,, "The Illinois school report cards are out today: Here’s what you need to know.," 30 Oct. 2019 Shazam measures how many times a song is searched for on its app; the others tabulate plays on their platforms. M.h., The Economist, "The meaninglessness of music charts," 17 Oct. 2019 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

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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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1 Dec 2019

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“Tabulate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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How to pronounce tabulate (audio)

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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