tal·​ly | \ ˈta-lē \
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

Bieber thinks the calculation should be made on a wider range of greenhouse-gas releases that includes the pulp mills as well as all those included in the state’s annual tally. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Who would pay a state carbon fee on November ballot, and who gets a pass?," 17 Sep. 2018 Westminster’s leading scorer converted three first-half tallies, the first putting her team up, 2-1 fewer than three minutes into the game. Kyle Stackpole, Howard County Times, "Westminster girls lacrosse downs Mt. Hebron, 9-5, to win first-ever state championship," 25 May 2018 The Churchmen added three more in the fourth, including sophomore Charlie Cunniffe’s game-tying tally with 26.6 left in regulation. Aaron Carter, Philly.com, "TJ Malone nets OT winner as Haverford School seals Inter-Ac title," 11 May 2018 The March 21 snowstorm pushed the winter’s snow tally from historically low to simply low. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "As most of D.C.’s meager snow fell in spring, it was a sad and strange season for snow lovers," 4 May 2018 Chicago, which has had high levels of violence for years, saw its murder tally dip to 650 in 2017 from 762 in the prior year. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "London's murder rate now tops New York City's," 3 Apr. 2018 Victims’ families as well as outside experts and government authorities all say the number is probably much higher than the official tally of just over 37,400. Juan Montes, WSJ, "‘It’s a Crisis of Civilization in Mexico.’ 250,000 Dead. 37,400 Missing.," 14 Nov. 2018 If counties miss the deadline, the official vote tally will revert back to what was initially reported over the previous weekend. Tara Golshan, Vox, "The races that still haven’t been called in Arizona, Florida, and Georgia, explained," 12 Nov. 2018 The Examiner‘s figure of 11,500, though, is considerably higher than the official tally from the Department of Homeland Security. Chris Morris, Fortune, "The U.S. Might Be Holding 30,000 Children Separated From Parents at the Border by August," 18 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Final numbers haven’t been tallied, but LaGuardia likely topped a record 30 million passengers in 2018, according to Lysa Scully, the airport’s general manager. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Airports Try Stall Tactic: Better Bathrooms," 2 Jan. 2019 The race had been too close to call for The Associated Press until the final votes were tallied. Brady Mccombs, The Seattle Times, "Democrats flip Utah House seat as McAdams tops Rep. Mia Love," 20 Nov. 2018 According to dance journalist Kristyn Burtt, Milo Manheim came in second to Bobby, followed by Evanna Lynch and Alexis Ren after all the votes were tallied. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Bobby Bones Wins 'Dancing With the Stars' Season 27 and Causes Major Uproar," 20 Nov. 2018 The ballots were tallied and Democrat Danny O’Connor gained 190 votes on Republican Troy Balderson. Edmund Demarche, Fox News, "Hotly contested Ohio race gets closer after hundreds of uncounted votes are found," 2 Oct. 2018 During the complicated counting process second-place and sometimes third-place choices end up being tallied. CBS News, "London Breed becomes San Francisco's first African-American woman mayor," 14 June 2018 During the complicated counting process second-place and sometimes third-place choices end up being tallied. Janie Har, The Christian Science Monitor, "First African-American woman mayor ready to lead San Francisco," 14 June 2018 In total, the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington tallied 17 federal investigations around Zinke. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke might face a criminal investigation," 5 Nov. 2018 Officials tallied around 100 Legionnaires’ cases, leading to 12 deaths in the wake of the water switch. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Doc charged with involuntary manslaughter in Flint crisis wins top health award," 12 Oct. 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

: 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

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


tal·​ly | \ ˈta-lē \
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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