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

The official count was 304 to 227, according to an AP tally of the electoral votes in every state. Calvin Woodward, The Seattle Times, "AP fact check: Trump hails an exoneration not offered," 25 Mar. 2019 President Donald Trump has joined the chorus, calling for the recounts to stop and revert back to what was counted on Election Day — or, in other words, an incomplete tally of the votes cast. Tara Golshan, Vox, "The races that still haven’t been called in Arizona, Florida, and Georgia, explained," 12 Nov. 2018 After joining the club on a permanent deal from Juventus, the Italian international went on a prolific goalscoring run, finishing the 2017/18 season with an impressive tally of 19 goals in all competitions. SI.com, "AC Milan Reportedly 'On the Verge' of Completing Move for Valencia's Simone Zaza," 5 July 2018 Kenny Chesney ranks among the highest-grossing touring artists on Billboard’s weekly tally of Hot Tours (see below) based on the most recent box-office counts reported from his Trip Around the Sun tour. Bob Allen, Billboard, "Kenny Chesney's Trip Around the Sun Tour Earns $53 Million (And Counting)," 28 June 2018 Having an accurate tally of all human genes is important for efforts to uncover links between genes and disease. Cassandra Willyard, Scientific American, "New Human Gene Tally Reignites Debate," 19 June 2018 Trump’s revised 2018 net worth of $2.8 billion does not qualify him for Bloomberg’s annual tally of the world’s 500 richest people. Nash Jenkins, Time, "President Trump's Net Worth Keeps Falling. Here's Why," 31 May 2018 The final tally by Rockport Analytics came in $50 million over the consulting company’s projections. BostonGlobe.com, "WR Brandon Marshall catches on with Seahawks," 30 May 2018 The other tallies came courtesy of junior Lindsay Connell and the freshmen trio of Haley Kampert, Michelle Pak and Ashley Unkenholz. Kyle Stackpole, Howard County Times, "Mt. Hebron girls lacrosse downs Huntingtown, returns to state championship for first time since 2009," 19 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Jake Lachance Division 2: Andover | Senior Lachance was named a Merrimack Valley/Dual County League All-Star after tallying 18 points from the blue line on five goals and 13 assists. BostonGlobe.com, "2017-18 Boys' Hockey All-Scholastics," 7 May 2018 Stephen Curry, who played well in Game 2 after returning from a knee injury, tallied 19 points on just 6-19 shooting. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "Draymond Green, Rajon Rondo Blame Each Other for Repeated Confrontations," 5 May 2018 Also in Washington, another race where votes were still being tallied is the 8th Congressional District, where Democrat Kim Schrier is maintaining her lead for the second spot in hopes of advancing to the general election. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Democratic socialists suffer another loss in Hawaii primary, as Dems notch gains elsewhere," 12 Aug. 2018 In both 1934 and 1936, Midway logged 11 days of triple-digit heat, while the official site tallied just four and one respectively. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Tom: How many 100-degree days were there in 1934?," 9 June 2018 The votes have been cast and the ballots are being tallied. Anna M. Tinsley, star-telegram, "Who won and lost in Tarrant County and Texas on primary runoff election day | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 22 May 2018 Forward Antoine Griezmann leads the team with four goals in the competition, while Angel Correa has tallied three assists. Nihal Kolur, SI.com, "How to Watch Marseille vs. Atletico Madrid: Europa League Final Live Stream, TV," 16 May 2018 During the initial recount, the machines set aside any ballots that cannot be tallied. Terry Spencer, The Seattle Times, "Is Florida really screwed up? Its election recount explained," 14 Nov. 2018 While there is uncertainty as to where the greatest totals will be tallied, a widespread 5 to 8 inches is likely with a few spots in between approaching a foot. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "From Houston to Corpus Christi, torrential rain may fall at times for days," 18 June 2018

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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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