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.

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Votes are tabulated and the results posted; the frenzy continues until the money is used up. Jeremy Kinser, Town & Country, "Is This Star-Studded LACMA Party the Art World's American Idol?," 17 Mar. 2019 Also on Tuesday, North Carolina GOP chairman Robin Hayes called for a new election if investigators conclude that local election officials improperly tabulated early vote totals and showed them to outsiders. Valerie Bauerlein, WSJ, "North Carolina Republicans Open to New Election in Disputed Congressional Race," 11 Dec. 2018 Now, Hawking's collaborators are left to finish tabulating whether those particles could store enough information to dodge the conflict with quantum mechanics. Sarah Lewin,, "Stephen Hawking's Children and Colleagues Discuss Physicist's Final Book, Legacy," 17 Oct. 2018 These Global Election Management Systems are used to prepare paper and electronic ballots, tabulate votes, and produce summaries of vote totals. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Georgia says switching back to all-paper voting is logistically impossible," 12 Sep. 2018 As of Wednesday evening, Mr. Keirstead had only 45 more votes than Mr. Rouda, with all precincts reporting but some late ballots still being tabulated. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Democrats Find Relief in California House Race Results," 6 June 2018 Many of Nebraska’s smallest counties can’t afford the technology upgrades, and some still rely on antiquated technology, such as 1990s-era Zip drives, to help tabulate votes. Grant Schulte, The Seattle Times, "Outdated voting machines spark election worries in Nebraska," 21 Nov. 2018 Particularly toward the end of a count, counties with larger populations may start getting to the last few votes, provisional ballots can be verified, and mail-in ballots can be tabulated. German Lopez, Vox, "The Florida voter fraud allegations, explained," 12 Nov. 2018 In a new data set released at the IMF’s annual meetings in Indonesia, researchers have tabulated the assets and debts—a complete public-sector balance sheet—for 31 countries covering 61% of the global economy. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "Government Debts Not as Daunting When Assets Are Mixed In," 9 Oct. 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 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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