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 North inland District 5, a longtime Republican stronghold where Democrats have sometimes declined to field even token candidates, flipped to become a Democratic district in the latest tally from the Registrar of Voters. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Democrats now outnumber Republicans in every San Diego council district," 12 Sep. 2019 The death toll was markedly higher in the final tally released this week than in a preliminary report that came out in June. Lauren Hernández, SFChronicle.com, "Fentanyl overdose deaths soared in 2018 with 89 dead," 7 Aug. 2019 Estimates of both depend on different models, and a small error on either could have a significant effect in the final tally. Nola Taylor Redd, Scientific American, "Midsize Black Holes May Explain the Milky Way’s Speediest Stars," 7 Aug. 2019 The Oklahoma rig count fell by five this week, triggering a loss of four net rigs in the countrywide tally, according to the weekly count collected by Baker Hughes, a GE company. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Rig count dips as Oklahoma continues its slump," 2 Aug. 2019 Ancelotti will be hoping to strike an agreement for the explosive winger, who reached double figures in last season's goal tally for the first time in his career. SI.com, "Napoli Set to Make £60m Bid for Wilfried Zaha After Arsenal Win Nicolas Pepe Battle," 1 Aug. 2019 When advocacy groups like Human Rights Watch were searching the camps for survivors of war crimes, Ullah assisted researchers by going from hut to hut, building a tally of killings, rapes and arsons. Vidya Krishnan, Los Angeles Times, "‘We live like animals': Refugee leader gives Rohingya a voice," 16 Sep. 2019 Redistricting is a quintessential political exercise, and some Republicans believe removing noncitizens from the tally of eligible voters would be a boon to their candidates. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "Why the U.S. Census Bureau could have trouble complying with Trump’s order to count citizens," 16 Sep. 2019 The bad is states and local governments must have the funds, tools, and most importantly qualified people in cyber to ensure a fair and accurate tally of votes. Ray Rothrock, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Cyber attacks threaten security of 2020 election," 15 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Defensively, the Grizzlies would be better served with more pressure on opposing quarterbacks, only tallying 15 sacks last season. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "2019 season preview: Indiana state colleges," 4 Sep. 2019 Trump Victory, which focuses on big donors, raised $29.1 million, just shy of $30.2 million Trump MAGA tallied. Washington Post, "Kamala Harris Raises Nearly $12 Million in 2Q: Campaign Update," 18 Sep. 2019 Only five players have scored more points from 2013-18, and four tallied more rebounds. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "SI's NBA All-Decade Team: Second Team," 17 Sep. 2019 The junior wide receiver made big plays all game, tallying 120 yards and one touchdown on just 6 catches for the Warriors (2-0) in a 35-19 win over Southeastern. BostonGlobe.com, "Ayden Pereira, Central Catholic," 16 Sep. 2019 If California factored wildfire estimates into its final count for 2017, the last year the state tallied all of its greenhouse gas emissions, the state would have seen overall emissions rise, not fall. J.d. Morris, SFChronicle.com, "California trumpets its climate leadership. But wildfires and flying could stymie its goals," 16 Sep. 2019 Each has had 20 rushing attempts this year, with Pass tallying 136 yards and two touchdowns and Cunningham totaling 135 yards and one touchdown. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Will Jawon Pass or Malik Cunningham start for Louisville football vs. Florida State?," 16 Sep. 2019 Skip to main content The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tallied six deaths and 380 probable and confirmed cases in 36 states as of Sept. 13, 2019. Jayne O'donnell, USA TODAY, "Trump's proposed ban on vape flavors may not stop teens from vaping, experts warn," 14 Sep. 2019 Glasser and teammate Chris Henderson each tallied 14 points, while Mareo Hood chipped in with 11 points. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Tamarac men’s basketball league gears up for fall competition and fun," 12 Sep. 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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The first known use of tally was in the 15th century

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26 Oct 2019

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“Tally.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tallying. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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