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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The county confirmed no additional COVID-19 deaths Friday, leaving its fatality tally at 152. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: June 18-19," 20 June 2020 By its tally, deaths in the United States totaled 119,086. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Cleveland reports just 7 new cases of COVID-19 coronavirus, no new deaths," 20 June 2020 That pushes the running tally of those who have made initial claims over the past 13 weeks to a 45.7 million. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "Stocks extend losses as another 1.5M Americans file for unemployment," 19 June 2020 Yesterday's tally of 1.5 million jobless claims was a mere 58,000 lower than the prior week—not much of an improvement. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Investors brace for ‘quadruple witching’ markets turbulence. What’s quadruple witching?," 19 June 2020 The Vote registered 150,000 new voters in the first two weeks of June, the highest tally of any two-week period in the 2020 election cycle. Charlotte Alter, Time, "How Black Lives Matter Could Reshape the 2020 Elections," 17 June 2020 India, with the fourth-highest caseload after the U.S., Brazil and Russia, added more than 2,000 deaths to its tally after Delhi and Maharashtra states included 1,672 previously unreported fatalities. Anchorage Daily News, "New outbreak of coronavirus in Beijing raises virus fears worldwide," 17 June 2020 The last time the House voted on D.C. statehood was in 1993, and the vote failed with a tally of 277 to 153. Grace Segers, CBS News, "House to vote on D.C. statehood next week," 16 June 2020 Although Taser, the company, said the tally of deaths directly attributed to Taser is more like 60. Eric Levenson, CNN, "What Georgia law says about when police can use deadly force," 15 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Pennsylvania held presidential and statewide primary contests on June 2, but most of the state’s 67 counties struggled to receive and tally votes in anything like a timely manner. Salena Zito, WSJ, "Pennsylvania’s Primary Snafus Could Spell Trouble in November," 12 June 2020 Employees will tally how many guests are in the park. Cole Behrens, Cincinnati.com, "Ark Encounter and Creation Museum reopening Monday: What you need to know," 7 June 2020 The volunteers will then go about their lives, and the researchers will tally up who contracted Covid-19 and who did not. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, "NIH chief worried vaccine "skepticism" might cause some to skip coronavirus vaccine," 4 June 2020 With the final 3,322 votes tallied on Thursday, Reece edged out former State Rep. Connie Pillich in a three-way Democratic primary for Hamilton County Board of Commissioners. Scott Wartman, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio Election: Dems choose Alicia Reece for county commissioner," 14 May 2020 Deliveries last year tumbled to 380 jetliners, less than half the 863 tallied by rival Airbus. Edvard Pettersson, Bloomberg.com, "Boeing’s ‘Very Bad’ Emails Boost Crash Victim Lawsuits," 29 Apr. 2020 Applying age-specific death rates tallied in Wuhan, China, to Israel’s population, the team estimated that 2,540 of those volunteers would die from COVID-19. Melissa Healystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Could a ‘controlled avalanche’ stop the coronavirus faster, and with fewer deaths?," 25 Apr. 2020 The latest fatality figures for the U.S., as tallied by Johns Hopkins University, pushed the total death toll in the country to over 37,000 as of Saturday morning. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus live updates: Trump teases 'light at the end of the tunnel,' states' social distancing restrictions prompt protests," 18 Apr. 2020 The researchers then compared those county-level maps of air pollution to current numbers of deaths from Covid-19 through April 4, a number tallied by Johns Hopkins University. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Covid-19 death rate rises in counties with high air pollution, study says," 7 Apr. 2020

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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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23 Jun 2020

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“Tally.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tally. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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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