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

So, here’s the quick tally: Peter Miller has five first-time winners. Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Who’s got the hot 2-year-olds?," 12 Aug. 2019 The one exception was a 1955 tally, taken shortly after a strike by ferry workers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "50 years later, Coronado bridge’s iconic status masks its controversial origins," 4 Aug. 2019 Carolina evened the score with 20 minutes to go, but Ilija Ilic netted the decisive tally with three minutes to play in regulation, scoring from six yards out off a cross from Tyler Gibson. Indianapolis Star, "Late goal nets Indy Eleven key win over North Carolina FC," 3 Aug. 2019 The final tally on the second day of Broncos training camp — 63 snaps of 11-on-11 and 30 snaps of 7-on-7. The Denver Post, "Broncos training camp 2019 Day 2: Live updates from UCHealth Training Center," 19 July 2019 The 34 voters in the annual tally, which was released Wednesday, have picked Minnesota to finish sixth in the seven-team division, ahead of only Illinois. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Big Ten poll picks Gophers football to finish sixth in seven-team West division," 17 July 2019 The latest point-in-time tally, from January 2018, revealed more than 5,000 people living in shelters or in places not suitable for human occupancy. USA TODAY, "Ink library, parking barnacles, lunar training grounds: News from around our 50 states," 9 July 2019 The final tally from the first day of free agency: more than $3 billion in deals. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The NBA’s $3 Billion Spending Bonanza," 1 July 2019 According to one tally, 3,252 comments supported keeping the price cap. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "ICANN eliminates .org domain price caps despite lopsided opposition," 1 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

When the votes are tallied, if no candidate has accrued more than 50 percent of the vote, the candidate who has the fewest first-choice votes is removed. Li Zhou, Vox, "How to close the massive gender gap in Congress," 14 Aug. 2019 Regardless, on Wednesday night, America's votes will be tallied and everyone will find out if Ansley makes it through to the semifinals or goes home. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'AGT' Fans Are VERY Torn About Judge Simon Cowell Bringing Ansley Burns Back in Quarterfinals," 14 Aug. 2019 After the primary’s votes were tallied Tuesday night, Frethem won 41 percent of ballots cast, compared with Jessup’s 34 percent. Tad Vezner, Twin Cities, "Frethem, Jessup are top 2 vote-getters in primary for vacated Ramsey County Board seat," 13 Aug. 2019 Also sighted last week were several hundred semipalmated and least sandpipers, as well as 35 seaside sparrows and 48 saltmarsh sparrows which were tallied as part of an official shorebird survey. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings across the region," 11 Aug. 2019 Although earnings growth in recent years has been robust, the second quarter likely will be much more anemic when all the results are tallied. Larry Light, Fortune, "The Global Collapse in Interest Rates May be Setting Investors Up for a Crash," 9 Aug. 2019 Among the groups most at risk of not being fully tallied: Latino children younger than 5. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Trump and the mass shootings," 6 Aug. 2019 At a rate of roughly $1.5 million per month, the investigation may top $35 million when the final costs are tallied. NBC News, "How much did Mueller's investigation cost? Millions," 25 July 2019 San Diego County’s homeless population this year was tallied at 8,102 -- a 6 percent decrease from the previous year. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Nearly sunk by homeless-hepatitis crisis, Faulconer now sought for advice," 24 July 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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