[verb tab-yuh-leyt; adjective tab-yuh-lit, -leyt]

verb (used with object), tab·u·lat·ed, tab·u·lat·ing.

to put or arrange in a tabular, systematic, or condensed form; formulate tabularly.

verb (used without object), tab·u·lat·ed, tab·u·lat·ing.

to operate the tab key on a typewriter; to tab.


shaped like a table or tablet; tabular.
having transverse septae, as certain corals.

Origin of tabulate

1590–1600; (adj.) < Late Latin tabulātus, past participle of tabulāre to fit with planks, floor; see table, -ate1; (v.) < Latin tabul(a), for table + -ate1
Related formstab·u·la·ble, adjectivetab·u·la·tion, nounnon·tab·u·lat·ed, adjectivepre·tab·u·late, verb (used with object), pre·tab·u·lat·ed, pre·tab·u·lat·ing.pre·tab·u·la·tion, nounre·tab·u·late, verb (used with object), re·tab·u·lat·ed, re·tab·u·lat·ing.un·tab·u·la·ble, adjectiveun·tab·u·lat·ed, adjective

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verb (ˈtæbjʊˌleɪt) (tr)

Also: tabularize (ˈtæbjʊləˌraɪz) to set out, arrange, or write in tabular form
to form or cut with a flat surface

adjective (ˈtæbjʊlɪt, -ˌleɪt)

having a flat surface
(of certain corals) having transverse skeletal plates
Derived Formstabulable, adjectivetabulation, noun

Word Origin for tabulate

C18: from Latin tabula a board
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Word Origin and History for tabulate

1734, "to put into form of a table," from Latin tabula (see table (n.)) + -ate (2). Related: Tabulated; tabulating.

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