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

For instance, combing the homicide tallies for three years — from 2015 to 2017 — there were 339 black males killed in the District, compared with 11 white males, according to D.C. police. Courtland Milloy, Washington Post, "D.C. Witness aims to give voice to every homicide victim in the District. The work never seems to end.," 18 June 2019 Numbers going back to the 2007-2008 season, the furthest that the California Horse Racing Board included death tallies for each track, indicate 2019 may be the safest for horses since 2011, when 30 horses died in racing and training accidents. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "29 horses have died at Santa Anita this season. It's nowhere near the track's deadliest year -- not by a long shot," 11 June 2019 Meanwhile, Lionel Messi struck a quick-fire brace to set Argentina on their way to a routine 5-1 win over Nicaragua, whilst Roberto Pereyra of Watford also got on the scoresheet to double his tally for the South Americans. SI.com, "International Roundup: Late Fightback Fails to Save Wales as Gudmundsson Hands Iceland Victory," 8 June 2019 Last year, Nissan moved 1.6 million vehicles, good for 9.2% of the market and up 75% from the company’s U.S. tally for 2010. William Boston, WSJ, "Ghosn’s U.S. Push Irked Nissan Executives," 18 Dec. 2018 The scientists also project the final tally for the current year based on all the available data at the time of publication. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Wrong way: 2018 global CO₂ emissions tick up again," 6 Dec. 2018 As of the end of 2018, Trump had made 7,645 false or misleading claims since assuming office, according to a tally maintained by The Post’s Fact Checker. Isaac Stanley-becker, The Seattle Times, "Critics demand networks fact-check Trump’s live immigration speech," 8 Jan. 2019 As of September 14, according to a CAWP tally, a total of 234 women—182 Democrats and 52 Republicans—had won House nominations, blowing past the 2016 record of 167 nominees. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "In a Record-Breaking Election Year for Women, Here Are the Races to Watch," 17 Sep. 2018 The medals are awarded to Korea — the name for the joint teams that are entered in rowing, canoeing and women's basketball — rather than being added to the tally of either North or South Korea. John Pye, Fox News, "Combined Koreas basketball team to play for Asian Games gold," 30 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Speaking Tuesday, Green tallied the current DPW maintenance staff at around 25 people with six vacuum trucks. Beau Evans, nola.com, "More steps ahead for New Orleans to spend its ‘fair share’ infrastructure money," 19 June 2019 Within two hours, the divers pulled up at least 1,626 pounds of trash; the total weight is still being tallied and may climb up to 3,200 pounds, reports Lou. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "633 Divers Cleaned Up a Florida Beach—and Broke a World Record," 18 June 2019 Entering Sunday, the 6-foot-6 infielder tallied first-inning hits in five consecutive games. Wells Dusenbury, sun-sentinel.com, "Fully healthy, Garrett Cooper continuing torrid June; injured Marlins moving closer to return," 16 June 2019 Against eventual state champion Katy, Vanderford tallied hits in four of her last five plate appearances, compiling two singles, a double and home run. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Topped by Vanderford’s MVP honor, Lady Deer softball earns multiple all-district accolades," 14 June 2019 By that point, the St. Louis Blues had already tallied goals four of their own — sealing the franchise’s first-ever title and sending the Bruins off empty-handed. Nicole Yang, BostonGlobe.com, "‘I’ll never get over this’: Inside the Bruins locker room after Game 7," 13 June 2019 In two postseason starts, Henry has tallied a 3.14 ERA, allowing five earned runs in 14.1 innings pitched. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan baseball vs. Texas Tech in College World Series: Scouting report," 13 June 2019 The Notre Dame product has tallied 386 catches and 41 touchdowns in eight years with the Vikings, including 64 receptions in 2019. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Report: Kyle Rudolph to Sign Four-Year, $36 Million Extension with Vikings," 11 June 2019 The Jefferson squad tallied 100 from Hauser, 99 by Williams and 97s each from Ashton Anfang, Mitchell Heinzen and Austin Rechlin. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Southeastern Wisconsin youth trapshooters keep busting targets and breaking records," 8 June 2019

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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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