Definition of tally verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    tally

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    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈtæli//
     
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    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tally
    BrE BrE//ˈtæli//
     
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    he / she / it tallies
    BrE BrE//ˈtæliz//
     
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    past simple tallied
    BrE BrE//ˈtælid//
     
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    past participle tallied
    BrE BrE//ˈtælid//
     
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    -ing form tallying
    BrE BrE//ˈtæliɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] tally (with something) to be the same as or to match another person’s account of something, another set of figures, etc. synonym match up (with something) Her report of what happened tallied exactly with the story of another witness. The two accounts tally precisely/closely/fairly well.
  2. 2[transitive] tally something (up) to calculate the total number, cost, etc. of something When we tallied up the cost of moving, we decided against it.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (denoting a notched tally stick): from Anglo-Norman French tallie, from Latin talea ‘twig, cutting’.
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