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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun News of the infection comes as the CDC's tally in the current outbreak has reached 3,487 nationwide across 45 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, as of Monday. Alexander Tin, CBS News, 26 July 2022 The Democratic leader marveled over the House’s 267-157 tally, with 47 Republicans — almost one-fifth of the GOP lawmakers — voting for the bill late Tuesday. Lisa Mascaro, Chicago Tribune, 26 July 2022 The former ranks the top-selling vinyl albums of the week across all sellers, while the latter tally lists the top-selling albums at independent and small chain record stores (where Special sold 5,000 across all formats). Keith Caulfield, Billboard, 25 July 2022 He’d been given a script for a video statement on the events of the previous day, when, at his prompting, a mob had assaulted the Capitol in an attempt to disrupt the electoral-vote tally. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, 24 July 2022 The Marvel adventure added $22.1 million (a 53% decline) from 4,370 locations, taking the film’s domestic tally to $276.2 million. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 24 July 2022 Though 157 Republicans voted no, that tally raised expectations that the bill could win enough support for GOP senators to pass, sending it to President Joe Biden for his signature. Alan Fram, Anchorage Daily News, 21 July 2022 The Democratic leader marveled over the House's 267-157 tally, with 47 Republicans — almost one-fifth of the GOP lawmakers — voting for the bill late Tuesday. Lisa Mascaro, Chron, 21 July 2022 The Democratic leader marveled over the House's 267-157 tally with 47 Republicans — almost one-fifth of the GOP lawmakers — voting for the bill late Tuesday. Lisa Mascaro, BostonGlobe.com, 20 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Iowa Democratic Party would contract with vendors or state election officials to tally the results and announce them on caucus night. Brianne Pfannenstiel, USA TODAY, 23 June 2022 The costs of that decision have been almost too high to tally. Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, 5 July 2022 If your dad has a competitive side, keep score at each game and tally up the points at the end to name a winner. Cameron Jenkins, Good Housekeeping, 29 Apr. 2022 Wall Street Twitter was quick to tally up the loss: a staggering $430 million haircut for Pershing. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 21 Apr. 2022 Dash Carts, which use cameras, sensors and scales to identify the items and ring them up, allow customers to tally up their purchases by linking the payment to the credit card affiliated with their Amazon account. Suzanne Baker, chicagotribune.com, 17 Aug. 2021 As clerks, these administrators attempt to run a fair mail-in and Election Day operation, tally the votes, announce a winner and certify the results. Charlie Dent, CNN, 21 June 2022 New Mexico uses paper ballots that can be double-checked later in all elections, and also relies on tabulation machines to rapidly tally votes while minimizing human error. CBS News, 15 June 2022 Yet that mental wellbeing spend is only a fraction of what employers spend on physical health benefits, which tally up to between $5,000 and $10,000 per worker. Megan Leonhardt, Fortune, 1 June 2022 See More

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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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30 Jul 2022

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More Definitions for tally

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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