tally

noun
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

tally

verb
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

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of tally in a Sentence

Noun What is the final tally? Her second goal turned out to be the game-winning tally. Verb 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 According to OnBuy’s final tally, British writers are particularly disappointing. Ron Charles Critic, Washington Post, "What book has the most disappointing ending? Readers have many opinions.," 19 Oct. 2020 An artist’s lifetime Grammy Awards tally makes no distinction between, say, record of the year and best regional roots music album. Paul Grein, Billboard, "The 10 Most & 10 Least Crowded Categories on This Year’s Grammy Entry List," 19 Oct. 2020 Monday’s tally brings India’s total infections to 7.55 million. Dhwani Pandya, Bloomberg.com, "India May Contain Virus Spread by February, Expert Panel Says," 19 Oct. 2020 But experts say that tally represents just the tip of the iceberg, since contact tracing often doesn’t capture the source of an infection, and asymptomatic spread goes unnoticed. Anchorage Daily News, "How the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally may have spread coronavirus across the Upper Midwest," 18 Oct. 2020 But experts say that tally represents just the tip of the iceberg, since contact tracing often doesn’t capture the source of an infection, and asymptomatic spread goes unnoticed. Star Tribune, "How the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally might have spread coronavirus across the Upper Midwest," 17 Oct. 2020 Amazon does not disclose overall sales results but did say that third-party businesses sold $3.5 billion worth of goods on the site during the two-day sale, up 60% of last year's tally. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Amazon’s Prime Day sales jumped 36%—signaling a blockbuster holiday for e-commerce," 16 Oct. 2020 Notably, that tally doesn’t include the invaluable support Amazon Web Services lends to the oil and gas industry, which uses Amazon’s algorithms to arrive at more efficient ways to unearth new fossil fuels. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Jeff Bezos and the Golden Age of Climate Hypocrisy," 15 Oct. 2020 Others have been hospitalized after being infected, but ICE has not disclosed that tally. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "He faces deportation and COVID-19 while his wife battles the virus as an ICU nurse," 15 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Barker leads the writers ranking for a second week, tied with Machine Gun Kelly, who leads the list for the first time, and the producers tally for the first time on the strength of 14 credits on the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart. Xander Zellner, Billboard, "Travis Barker Doubles Up Atop Rock & Alternative Songwriters, Producers Charts," 7 Oct. 2020 There’s nothing election officials can do about the extended deadline, Bailey said, except continue to fulfill mail-in ballot requests, process those ballots, and tally what’s in hand on Election Day between mail-ins and in-person ballots. Amy Lavalley, chicagotribune.com, "Porter County sites open Tuesday for early voting," 2 Oct. 2020 The systems tally the data read off the ballots, saving results on a portable memory device. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "How do optical scanners collect votes and why are they so secure?: Election Truth," 1 Oct. 2020 If that team has extra stones closer to the center than the opposing team, those tally additional points. Matt Simon, Wired, "Meet Curly, the Curling Robot That Beats the Pros," 23 Sep. 2020 All of those fines tally up to $1.75 million for the clubs and coaches. Amie Just | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Saints, Sean Payton reportedly fined $350K total for failure to wear face coverings on sideline," 22 Sep. 2020 So, to tally it all up, according to Candiace’s friend, Michael was: 1. Jodi Walker, EW.com, "The Real Housewives of Potomac," 7 Sep. 2020 Because of the two-day extension, town registrars could tally absentee votes through the end of the week. Michael Hamad, courant.com, "Election Night becomes Election Week: Connecticut primaries offer preview of delayed vote-counting in November," 14 Aug. 2020 The study used epidemiological data to calculate the health effects and a system used by the Environmental Protection Agency to tally the economic consequences. Tal Kopan, SFChronicle.com, "Dire consequences for California if climate change unaddressed, report warns," 24 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of tally

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

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

History and Etymology for tally

Noun

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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The first known use of tally was in the 15th century

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21 Oct 2020

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“Tally.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tally. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for tally

tally

noun
How to pronounce tally (audio)

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

tally

verb

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

tally

noun
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)

tally

verb
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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