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[verb tab-yuh-leyt; adjective tab-yuh-lit, -leyt]
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verb (used with object), tab·u·lat·ed, tab·u·lat·ing.
  1. to put or arrange in a tabular, systematic, or condensed form; formulate tabularly.
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verb (used without object), tab·u·lat·ed, tab·u·lat·ing.
  1. to operate the tab key on a typewriter; to tab.
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  1. shaped like a table or tablet; tabular.
  2. having transverse septae, as certain corals.
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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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Historical Examples

  • This tabulation includes spinning and weaving establishments only.

    The Fabric of Civilization


  • Perhaps they'd put you on to tabulation work, though that's awfully dull.


    John Galsworthy

  • Nor do results so readily lend themselves to figures and tabulation.

  • This becomes even more evident from the tabulation just made.

    The Grateful Dead

    Gordon Hall Gerould

  • I reckon I might have been too aggregative in my tabulation.

British Dictionary definitions for tabulation


verb (ˈtæbjʊˌleɪt) (tr)
  1. Also: tabularize (ˈtæbjʊləˌraɪz) to set out, arrange, or write in tabular form
  2. to form or cut with a flat surface
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adjective (ˈtæbjʊlɪt, -ˌleɪt)
  1. having a flat surface
  2. (of certain corals) having transverse skeletal plates
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Derived Formstabulable, adjectivetabulation, noun

Word Origin

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


1803, noun of action from tabulate (v.).

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

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