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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The Pop Songs chart measures total weekly plays, as tabulated by Nielsen Music, among its reporting panel of 168 mainstream top 40 stations, while Adult Pop Songs reflects weekly plays on 85 adult top 40 reporters. Gary Trust, Billboard, "Shawn Mendes' 'Señorita' With Camila Cabello Tops Pop Songs, 'If I Can't Have You' Crowns Adult Pop Songs," 26 Aug. 2019 The Pop Songs chart measures total weekly plays, as tabulated by Nielsen Music, among its reporting panel of 168 mainstream top 40 stations. Jeff Benjamin, Billboard, "Monsta X Becomes Second-Ever K-Pop Group to Enter Pop Songs Airplay Chart," 14 Aug. 2019 Back in January, it was tabulated that Samuel L. Jackson’s 120 movies have earned a staggering $13.3 billion worldwide. James Hibberd,, "The 17 biggest summer box office winners and losers of 2019," 14 Aug. 2019 Since the Storm Prediction Center started tabulating statewide severe weather tallies in 2000, the slowest overall year for severe weather was in 2012, when only 212 severe weather reports were recorded across Colorado. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Colorado is experiencing a slow severe weather season this summer," 7 Aug. 2019 Throughout the coming months, counties and cities that have filed lawsuits will begin researching and tabulating those costs and calculating those into damages, attorneys fees, lawsuit expenses sought in the complaints. Martin E. Comas,, "Seminole, Lake join national suits against opioid manufacturers for ‘the worst man-made epidemic in modern medical history’," 20 June 2019 To track the spending of just one group can require reviewing and tabulating a dozen different PDF documents. Andrew Kenney, The Denver Post, "Outside groups spent more than $1 million to influence Denver’s election, and it took a lot of work to figure that out," 17 June 2019 Because some of the mail-in ballots don’t arrive until very close to Election Day, this verification process can take place afterward and make tabulating the votes much, much slower. Li Zhou, Vox, "Democrat Kyrsten Sinema pulls ahead in Arizona Senate race," 9 Nov. 2018 In August, other researchers published a theoretical paper in Nature Communications that tabulated which knots chemists should seek to make next. Quanta Magazine, "Scientists Learn the Ropes on Tying Molecular Knots," 29 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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