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 election infrastructure in most states, however, was built to quickly tabulate results based on the vast majority of voters showing up in person and putting their own ballots into the system. Washington Post, "When to expect election results in the Washington region," 14 Oct. 2020 The party used a smartphone app to tabulate the results, hopefully, to speed up the counting, but the app was overwhelmed, and results were delayed by days. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Voting by mail? How about by smartphone instead?," 12 Oct. 2020 Two hundred years ago, Fredric Accum became the first chemist to tabulate a list of food grievances into a book. Benjamin R. Cohen, Wired, "Your Food Isn’t ‘Natural’ and It Never Will Be," 8 Oct. 2020 Once the polls close at 7 p.m. on Election Day, the counting of mail-in ballots can begin, with officials continuing to tabulate ballots received through Nov. 17. Dan Petrella,, "Secure drop boxes, extra sorting machines and a decade of experience: Here’s why Illinois election officials say voting by mail is safe," 2 Oct. 2020 After going through signature verification, envelopes with ballots are scanned by high-speed machines that tabulate vote results. Charles T. Clark, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Unprecedented 2020 election brings new ways to vote, new expectations for San Diego," 27 Sep. 2020 Banks also has to kill time with the dancers while the judges tabulate the results. Lynette Rice,, "Dancing With the Stars host Tyra Banks admits she messes up in the ballroom too," 24 Sep. 2020 Schneider will tabulate usage, cost and associated emissions data based on monthly energy bills from each new piece of Blackstone’s portfolio. Miriam Gottfried, WSJ, "Blackstone Sets Goal to Reduce Carbon Emissions," 29 Sep. 2020 The agency uses four offenses – murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault – to tabulate the violent crimes figures. Suzanne Baker,, "Spike in burglaries in 2020 linked to downtown Naperville looting in June, police chief says," 25 Sep. 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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29 Oct 2020

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“Tabulate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 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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