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

In the first six months of this year the tally was 650kg. The Economist, "Afghan drug barons are branching out into methamphetamines," 5 Sep. 2019 In Georgia alone in recent months, the tally of victims has been stunning: the city of Atlanta. David E. Sanger, New York Times, "Ransomware Attacks Are Testing Resolve of Cities Across America," 22 Aug. 2019 Compared to a year ago, the tally is a 20.2% improvement but is actually down from Q1 when music services revenue was $239 million. Marc Schneider, Billboard, "Tencent Music Reports Flat Growth in Mobile Users, $859 Million Total Revenue for Q2," 13 Aug. 2019 The tally was of 3,956 (68.23%) no votes to 1,842 (31.77%) yes votes. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Birmingham voters defeat controversial bond for downtown projects," 6 Aug. 2019 As of midday Thursday, the tally was 115 of 235 Democrats supporting an inquiry. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, "Congressman Ted Deutch: We need to consider impeaching Donald Trump," 1 Aug. 2019 Widely regarded as one of the greatest strikers of all time, Brazilian legend Ronaldo struck 104 goals for Real during his five years at the club, and fans will happily tell you that such a tally is an incredible achievement. SI.com, "6 Amazing Gareth Bale Stats Which Prove He Deserves to Stay at Real Madrid," 28 July 2019 The drilling rig count is at its lowest point since the beginning of 2018, and the oil rig tally is down 13 percent from its 2018 peak in November. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Rig count falls as activity dips in North Dakota's Bakken shale," 26 July 2019 The tally was up 31 percent in Santa Clara County, 21 percent in San Mateo County, and 43 percent in Contra Costa County. Marisa Kendall, The Mercury News, "Oakland’s homeless population grows 47 percent in two years," 23 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The votes are tallied and the Ravens RISE High School Football Showdown series is all set for a fifth season, starting Friday at Owings Mills when the Golden Eagles take on neighborhood rival New Town. Glenn Graham, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens RISE High School Football Showdown series set to kick off Friday at Owings Mills," 11 Sep. 2019 If the loss cannot be tallied, the amount a perpetrator gained can be used instead. Los Angeles Times, "In college admissions scandal a judge must decide: Does it matter how much parents paid?," 10 Sep. 2019 Designer Christian Siriano, for instance, provided a breakdown of his show costs for Vogue Business that could reach up to $300,000 once the price of models, set design, lighting, sound, and all the other elements were tallied. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "Do fashion weeks still have a purpose?," 7 Sep. 2019 Passage of the spending plan is almost certainly dependent on how the votes are tallied — with the two-thirds vote making the plan’s defeat much more likely. San Diego Union-Tribune, "SANDAG unveils spending blueprint for traffic-prone commuter corridors, vexing backers of freeway expansion," 6 Sep. 2019 His new stalker thriller The Fanatic is bombing in theaters this weekend in what's sure to be a career-worst opening for Travolta by the time final grosses for the long Labor Day holiday are tallied. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "Box Office: John Travolta Hits Career Low As 'The Fanatic' Bombs," 31 Aug. 2019 Geary said the price of the second special session will likely rise about $50,000 once final costs from August are tallied at the end of the week. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Special sessions cost more than $1.2 million so far this year," 27 Aug. 2019 But the vote, which was tallied Friday night, authorizes union leadership to call a strike, said Mullissa Willette, an employee in the county assessor’s office and first vice president of the local. Nico Savidge, The Mercury News, "Santa Clara County workers vote to authorize strike," 24 Aug. 2019 There have been 47 homicides to date in Oakland this year, following a historic low of 68 homicides tallied in all of 2018. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Oakland homicide victim IDd as Garden Grove man," 22 Aug. 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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