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

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

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

But Cashner returned the early tally with interest in the next half-frame. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "‘We just gave it to them.’ Red Sox lose in Andrew Cashner’s debut," 17 July 2019 Valley home sales hit 10,341 in May, the highest monthly tally since the housing boom in 2005. Catherine Reagor, azcentral, "Metro Phoenix home prices set new record, still no signs of a crash," 13 July 2019 The Texas Permian alone triggered the nationwide rig count dip because the overall tally only fell by five rigs, according to weekly data compiled by Baker Hughes, a GE company. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "West Texas' Permian leads rig count drop," 12 July 2019 The tally broke a 1-1 deadlock that appeared destined to end in a draw and resulted in a 2-1 victory for Cincinnati at SeatGeek Stadium before a crowd of 13,127. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Fanendo Adi delivers late winner in 2-1 victory against Chicago Fire," 11 July 2019 The tally no longer includes Eric Swalwell, a young Californian congressman who left the race on July 8th after failing to attract much interest from voters or donors. A.r. | Chicago, The Economist, "Tom Steyer jumps into a crowded Democratic field," 10 July 2019 In the first half of 2019, announced buybacks have totaled ¥5.825 trillion, more than double the tally from the first six months of last year, I-N research shows. Kosaku Narioka, WSJ, "Once a Miser, Japan Inc. Is Opening Its Wallet to Buy Back Shares," 10 July 2019 According to the official tally compiled by the House Clerk and the Senate Secretary, 14 senators and 23 Representatives are in Juneau. Anchorage Daily News, "Legislature will meet Wednesday to consider overriding governor on budget vetoes," 9 July 2019 In the national elections held between March and April, only 3% of candidates—31 out of 938—for National Assembly in the two major parties APC and PDP were women, and only six won, leading to the lowest tally in the country’s democratic history. Saratu Abiola, Quartz Africa, "The fallout from a church rape scandal shows the harsh reality of being a woman in Nigeria," 3 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That’s almost half of the nearly 5,000 people without shelter who were tallied in the 2018 annual count of homeless residents in the region. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Can San Diego get its arms around homelessness and mental health problems?," 28 June 2019 Prado acknowledged the number of house bids is likely higher than tallied by The Republic. Dennis Wagner, azcentral, "Fake bids drive up prices on popular site Auction Nation, Republic finds," 24 June 2019 And yet, when the results were tallied, the Yes side came up short: 45 percent to 55 percent. Rebecca Nathanson, Harper's magazine, "English Referendums and Scotch Voters," 19 June 2019 Cohasset 16, Scituate 5 — Jake Sullivan led the Skippers with five goals, while Will Thomas and Noah Froio each tallied two goals apiece. Trevor Hass, BostonGlobe.com, "Duxbury boys’ lacrosse stuns Lincoln-Sudbury," 12 May 2018 Election officials have said that there was a counting error with the software used to tally votes. Washington Post, "Guatemalan authorities raid electoral offices amid recount," 27 June 2019 The resource team this year used a new method to tally the number of homeless kids, relying on a survey that was sent home with schoolchildren. Laurel Weibezahn, sun-sentinel.com, "‘Christmas in July’: Homeless kids to enjoy a day of food, fun and gifts," 24 June 2019 The 6-foot-6 wing happened to tally a game-high 22 points that night, but his appeal to Beilein and the Cavaliers goes far beyond his progress as a scoring and playmaking forward. Ben Golliver, courant.com, "2019 NBA mock draft: How will Pelicans build around Zion Williamson?," 18 June 2019 The 6-foot-6 wing happened to tally a game-high 22 points that night, but his appeal to Beilein and the Cavaliers goes far beyond his progress as a scoring and playmaking forward. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "2019 NBA mock draft: How will Pelicans build around Zion Williamson?," 18 June 2019

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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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tally

noun

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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