tally

noun
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

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, 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

The above tally, since 2008, also doesn't include my wife's account. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "How to review your life’s Amazon buying history—and what we learned from our own," 28 May 2018 That was more than triple the number from a year earlier, which was the lowest tally on record since the Homeland Security Department was created in 2003. Washington Post, "AP FACT CHECK: Trump wrong on blame for border separations," 17 May 2018 Above the words is a tally of the most violent crimes in Baltimore since 2015, including more than 1,000 homicides. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore state's attorney candidate Ivan Bates releases online ad in campaign against Marilyn Mosby," 9 May 2018 The goal was Konig's 12th all-time tally for the club and his first of 2018. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati battles Pittsburgh Riverhounds to 2-2 draw," 21 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, the platform breakdown saw streaming giant Netflix oust premium cable channel HBO from the top of the nominations tally. Kate Stanhope, latimes.com, "Donald Glover and Bill Hader earn five Emmy nominations apiece," 12 July 2018 Teams of election judges will review the paper ballots and tally the results. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Brochin asks for full manual recount in Democratic primary for Baltimore County executive," 10 July 2018 And to remind you, this tally comes from Boulder, possibly the most bike-friendly and bike-aware city this side of Brussels. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "The Troubling Rise of the Ghost Bike," 9 July 2018 Sports Highlights Up Next: 7/7/18: MLB.com FastCast Your video will play in: 5 seconds 7/7/18: MLB.com FastCast 7/7/18: MLB.com FastCast: Reynolds tallies 10 RBIs Play Video | 04:30 Your video will resume shortly. Santos A. Perez, miamiherald, "Pacquiao taking matters into his own hands for next fight — literally," 8 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There was still no winner in the Democratic primary for Baltimore County executive Friday afternoon as election judges tallied the final ballots. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Still no victor as Baltimore County's final votes are tallied," 6 July 2018 With 63 percent of the vote tallied, the Associated Press projected Cloud as the victor, carrying 54 percent of the vote. Sean Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Republican wins Texas special election to succeed disgraced GOP congressman," 30 June 2018 With 84 percent of the vote tallied, the Associated Press projected that McMaster would defeat businessman John Warren. Author: Sean Sullivan, David Weigel, Anchorage Daily News, "Top House Democrat loses in upset; Trump extends his winning streak in GOP primaries," 27 June 2018 With all the primary votes finally tallied in Orange County, Harley Rouda has eked out a 125-vote victory over fellow Democrat Hans Keirstead for the right to face GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of Costa Mesa in November. John Wildermuth, SFChronicle.com, "Dana Rohrabacher finally has a November foe: Harley Rouda wins No. 2 spot," 26 June 2018 Girls’ lacrosse Wellesley 19, Barnstable 2 — Brooke Baker scored four goals and added two assists while teammate Maddy Balter tallied three goals and three assists to lead the Raiders (18-3). Matt Doherty, BostonGlobe.com, "BC High’s Mike Vasil blanks Walpole in Super 8 opener," 7 June 2018 Every Tiger in the starting lineup got a hit as the visitors tallied 18 total off the three Alabama pitchers who combined for the loss. Michael Casagrande, AL.com, "Auburn beats Alabama, 19-5," 21 Apr. 2018 Dumoulin’s goal was scored just five seconds after Malkin tallied, equaling the 1965 Detroit Red Wings’ record (set against Chicago) for the two quickest goals in Stanley Cup history. Sam Carchidi, Philly.com, "Sidney Crosby leads way as Penguins crush Flyers, 5-1, and take series lead," 15 Apr. 2018 This will be Young's first missed start of the year while Bogdanovic had tallied 46 straight. Dakota Crawford, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers will rest 3 starters in season finale against Charlotte," 10 Apr. 2018

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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

: 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

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

tally

noun
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)

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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