[ tal-ee ]
/ ˈtæl i /

noun, plural tal·lies.

verb (used with object), tal·lied, tal·ly·ing.

verb (used without object), tal·lied, tal·ly·ing.

to correspond, as one part of a tally with the other; accord or agree: Does his story tally with hers?
to score a point or make a goal, as in a game.


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Origin of tally

1275–1325; (noun) Middle English taly < Medieval Latin talia, variant of Latin tālea rod, cutting, literally, heel-piece, derivative of tālus heel; (v.) late Middle English talyen, derivative of the noun



tal·li·er, nounre·tal·ly, noun, plural re·tal·lies, verb, re·tal·lied, re·tal·ly·ing.un·tal·lied, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for retally

/ (ˈtælɪ) /

verb -lies, -lying or -lied

noun plural -lies

Derived forms of tally

tallier, noun

Word Origin for tally

C15: from Medieval Latin tālea, from Latin: a stick; related to Latin tālus heel
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