tal·​ly | \ ˈta-lē How to pronounce tally (audio) \
plural tallies

Definition of tally

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a recorded reckoning or account (as of items or charges) keep a daily tally of accidents
b : a score or point made (as in a game)
2 : a device (such as a notched rod or mechanical counter) for visibly recording or accounting especially business transactions
3a : a part that corresponds to an opposite or companion member : complement
b : a state of correspondence or agreement


tallied; tallying

Definition of tally (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to record on or as if on a tally : tabulate
b : to list or check off (something, such as a cargo) by items
c : to register (a score) in a contest
2 : to make a count of : reckon
3 : to cause to correspond

intransitive verb

1a : to make a tally by or as if by tabulating
b : to register a point in a contest : score

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Synonyms & Antonyms for tally

Synonyms: Noun

census, count, tale

Synonyms: Verb

accord, agree, answer, check, chord, cohere, coincide, comport, conform, consist, correspond, dovetail, fit, go, harmonize, jibe, rhyme (also rime), sort, square

Antonyms: Verb

differ (from), disagree (with)

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Examples of tally in a Sentence


What is the final tally? Her second goal turned out to be the game-winning tally.


He tallied his expenses every day. The numbers on the old list and the new list don't tally.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

When advocacy groups like Human Rights Watch were searching the camps for survivors of war crimes, Ullah assisted researchers by going from hut to hut, building a tally of killings, rapes and arsons. Vidya Krishnan, Los Angeles Times, "‘We live like animals': Refugee leader gives Rohingya a voice," 16 Sep. 2019 Redistricting is a quintessential political exercise, and some Republicans believe removing noncitizens from the tally of eligible voters would be a boon to their candidates. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "Why the U.S. Census Bureau could have trouble complying with Trump’s order to count citizens," 16 Sep. 2019 The bad is states and local governments must have the funds, tools, and most importantly qualified people in cyber to ensure a fair and accurate tally of votes. Ray Rothrock, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Cyber attacks threaten security of 2020 election," 15 Sep. 2019 McDonald said his agency doesn’t have an exact tally of Portland-area attacks on its workers because not all incidents are reported. oregonlive, "Portland-area paramedics learning self-defense to cope with new threat: the public," 13 Sep. 2019 Apart from an impressive home victory against the Toffees, Villa have so far struggled in the league, with an overall tally of three points from 12. SI.com, "Aston Villa vs West Ham Preview: Where to Watch, Buy Tickets, Kick Off Time & Team News," 12 Sep. 2019 This year, more women and people of color took the stage, limiting the tally of white men. Marie C. Baca, Washington Post, "More women and people of color took the stage at Apple’s big event. Was it enough?," 11 Sep. 2019 In Massachusetts, the tally of human EEE cases reached seven on Friday. BostonGlobe.com, "A West Warwick, R.I., resident with Eastern equine encephalitis has died, marking the first fatal case of the mosquito-borne illness in the state since 2007, authorities said.," 10 Sep. 2019 Universal took the next two spot on the chart with Good Boys, which grossed $5.4 million in its fourth weekend or a domestic tally of $66.9 million and $82.4 million globally. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "Box Office: 'It: Chapter Two' Terrifies With $91M U.S. Debut," 8 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Trump Victory, which focuses on big donors, raised $29.1 million, just shy of $30.2 million Trump MAGA tallied. Washington Post, "Kamala Harris Raises Nearly $12 Million in 2Q: Campaign Update," 18 Sep. 2019 Only five players have scored more points from 2013-18, and four tallied more rebounds. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "SI's NBA All-Decade Team: Second Team," 17 Sep. 2019 The junior wide receiver made big plays all game, tallying 120 yards and one touchdown on just 6 catches for the Warriors (2-0) in a 35-19 win over Southeastern. BostonGlobe.com, "Ayden Pereira, Central Catholic," 16 Sep. 2019 If California factored wildfire estimates into its final count for 2017, the last year the state tallied all of its greenhouse gas emissions, the state would have seen overall emissions rise, not fall. J.d. Morris, SFChronicle.com, "California trumpets its climate leadership. But wildfires and flying could stymie its goals," 16 Sep. 2019 Each has had 20 rushing attempts this year, with Pass tallying 136 yards and two touchdowns and Cunningham totaling 135 yards and one touchdown. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Will Jawon Pass or Malik Cunningham start for Louisville football vs. Florida State?," 16 Sep. 2019 Skip to main content The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tallied six deaths and 380 probable and confirmed cases in 36 states as of Sept. 13, 2019. Jayne O'donnell, USA TODAY, "Trump's proposed ban on vape flavors may not stop teens from vaping, experts warn," 14 Sep. 2019 Glasser and teammate Chris Henderson each tallied 14 points, while Mareo Hood chipped in with 11 points. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Tamarac men’s basketball league gears up for fall competition and fun," 12 Sep. 2019 The Trojans outscored opponents 201-13 and tallied eight wins via shutout, including a 13-0 blanking of Notre Dame. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Hotline newsletter: ESPN ranks the greatest teams, USC’s clear choice for AD, Arizona’s night game load, Bay Area injuries and more," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of tally


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for tally


Middle English talye, from Anglo-French talie, taille, in part from tailler to cut, measure, count; in part from Medieval Latin tallia, alteration of Latin talea plant cutting, thin piece of wood

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English Language Learners Definition of tally

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a recorded count of scores, votes, etc.
: a record of money that has been paid and money that has been received
US, informal : a score or point made in a game or sport



English Language Learners Definition of tally (Entry 2 of 2)

: to record and count or calculate (something)
: to agree or match
US, informal : to score (a goal, point, etc.) in a game or sport


tal·​ly | \ ˈta-lē How to pronounce tally (audio) \
plural tallies

Kids Definition of tally

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a recorded count Has the vote tally been announced yet?
2 : a score or point made (as in a game)


tallied; tallying

Kids Definition of tally (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to keep a count of
2 : to make a tally : score
3 : to match or agree : correspond

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