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tally

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noun tal·ly \ ˈta-lē \

Definition of tally

plural tallies
1 a :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
3 a :a part that corresponds to an opposite or companion member :complement
b :a state of correspondence or agreement

Examples of tally in a Sentence

  1. What is the final tally?

  2. Her second goal turned out to be the game-winning tally.

Recent Examples of tally from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of 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

tally Synonyms

Synonyms
census, tale, count
Related Words
score; amount, gross, sum, total, whole; recount

Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms


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tally

verb

Definition of tally

tallied; tallying
transitive verb
1 a :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
1 a :to make a tally by or as if by tabulating
b :to register a point in a contest :score

Examples of tally in a Sentence

  1. He tallied his expenses every day.

  2. The numbers on the old list and the new list don't tally.

Recent Examples of tally from the Web

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First Known Use of tally

15th century

tally Synonyms


TALLY Defined for English Language Learners

tally

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noun

Definition of tally for English Language Learners

  • : a recorded count of scores, votes, etc.

  • : a record of money that has been paid and money that has been received

  • : a score or point made in a game or sport


tally

verb

Definition of tally for English Language Learners

  • : to record and count or calculate (something)

  • : to agree or match

  • : to score (a goal, point, etc.) in a game or sport


TALLY Defined for Kids

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tally

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noun tal·ly \ ˈta-lē \

Definition of tally for Students

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

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tally

verb

Definition of tally for Students

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


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