tally

noun
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

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

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 With just a second placement on the Radio Songs chart, BTS broke out of a tie with one of the most successful musicians from their home country to become the musical act from South Korea with the greatest number of hits on the tally. Hugh Mcintyre, Forbes, 8 June 2021 State lawmakers have enacted nearly two dozen laws since the 2020 election that restrict ballot access, according to a new tally by the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law. Chandelis Duster, CNN, 30 May 2021 As Utahns embark on Memorial Day adventures, the state reported four more COVID-19 deaths and a declining number of new cases, with 192 added to the tally. Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 May 2021 As her debut full-length Sour starts its time on the U.K. albums chart at No. 1, Olivia Rodrigo jumps to the highest spot on the connected songs ranking with a tune that first appeared on the tally last time around. Hugh Mcintyre, Forbes, 28 May 2021 San Jose's loss was the 232nd shooting where at least four people were injured this year, according to a tally by the Gun Violence Archive. Paul Vercammen, CNN, 28 May 2021 At least 316 have died in the U.S. alone, according to a tally by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Lauran Neergaard, Anchorage Daily News, 25 May 2021 At least 316 have died in the U.S. alone, according to a tally by the American Academy of Pediatrics. CBS News, 25 May 2021 Since the start of the pandemic, Michigan has recorded 986,435 infections and more than 20,000 deaths, according to a NBC News tally. NBC News, 24 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The ride uses gesture-recognition technology, 3-D imaging to create the rampaging spiders and a virtual background, as well as a dashboard to tally each rider’s score — a combination of components that Disney developers say is new to the park. Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2021 That's who was on the ice when Kaprizov capitalized in Game 5 to become the seventh Wild rookie in team history to tally a goal in the playoffs. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, 26 May 2021 Last season, Jones was limited to nine games because of injuries but still managed to tally 771 receiving yards. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, 24 May 2021 Matarrita had the assist on the play to tally his third on six FC Cincinnati goals this season. Jayna Bardahl, The Enquirer, 22 May 2021 And several experts interviewed by The Arizona Republic were skeptical that Senate contractors could tally all 2.1 million ballots in just a few weeks. Andrew Oxford, The Arizona Republic, 5 May 2021 Accomplishments are awarded with badges, and a homepage keeps track of your games, which can tally in the hundreds. Oliver Staley, Quartz, 24 Dec. 2020 Beyond Monday, the next step is for Congress to tally the electoral votes from each state in a joint session on Jan. 6 with Vice President Mike Pence presiding. Mark Niquette, Fortune, 14 Dec. 2020 Beyond Monday, the next step is for Congress to tally the electoral votes from each state in a joint session on Jan. 6 with Vice President Mike Pence presiding. Mark Niquette, Bloomberg.com, 14 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of tally was in the 15th century

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“Tally.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tally. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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

tally

noun
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)

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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