- an account or reckoning; a record of debit and credit, of the score of a game, or the like.
- Also called tally stick. a stick of wood with notches cut to indicate the amount of a debt or payment, often split lengthwise across the notches, the debtor retaining one piece and the creditor the other.
- anything on which a score or account is kept.
- a notch or mark made on or in a tally.
- a number or group of items recorded.
- a mark made to register a certain number of items, as four consecutive vertical lines with a diagonal line through them to indicate a group of five.
- a number of objects serving as a unit of computation.
- a ticket, label, or mark used as a means of identification, classification, etc.
- anything corresponding to another thing as a counterpart or duplicate.
- to mark or enter on a tally; register; record.
- to count or reckon up.
- to furnish with a tally or identifying label.
- to cause to correspond or agree.
- 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.
Origin of tally
SynonymsSee more synonyms for tally on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for tallied
The Daily Beast has tallied up a rough estimate of the cost of the initial air trikes in Syria.First U.S. Stealth Jet Attack on Syria Cost More Than Indian Mission to Mars
September 24, 2014
The actual loss, in both spilled tanks and barrels, cannot be tallied yet.Cleaning Up From Napa's Winepocalypse
August 30, 2014
Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture tallied up the costs of raising a child born in 2013.Free Market Failure: Raising a Kid Is a Rigged Game in the USA
August 25, 2014
In 2013, TSA tallied up a total of 1,813 firearms—nearly five per day—most of which were loaded.The TSA’s Insane Instagram Feed
July 14, 2014
Every campaign has a moment or two that is recalled long after the votes are tallied.Hillary’s Doomed if She Can’t Learn to Talk About Her Privilege
June 27, 2014
I worked it out also, on my own hook, and you and I tallied, if you recollect?The Ghost Ship
John C. Hutcheson
The "Greys," to be sure, had made two touchdowns, while the Blues had only tallied one.Bert Wilson on the Gridiron
J. W. Duffield
It all tallied too well with whispers and hints that had been going about for some time past.The Forsyte Saga, Complete
This tallied exactly with what my strange informant had told me.The Purcell Papers
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
The description, save as to the clothes, tallied with that of the old man.By the Barrow River
- (intr) to correspond one with the otherthe two stories don't tally
- (tr) to supply with an identifying tag
- (intr) to keep score
- (tr) obsolete to record or mark
- any record of debit, credit, the score in a game, etc
- a ticket, label, or mark, used as a means of identification, classification, etc
- a counterpart or duplicate of something, such as the counterfoil of a cheque
- a stick used (esp formerly) as a record of the amount of a debt according to the notches cut in it
- a notch or mark cut in or made on such a stick
- a mark or number of marks used to represent a certain number in counting
- Australian and NZ the total number of sheep shorn by one shearer in a specified period of time
Word Origin and History for tallied
mid-15c., "stick marked with notches to indicate amount owed or paid," from Anglo-French tallie (early 14c.), Anglo-Latin talea (late 12c.), from Medieval Latin tallia, from Latin talea "a cutting, rod, stick" (see tailor, and cf. sense history of score). Meaning "a thing that matches another" first recorded 1650s, said to be from practice of splitting a tally lengthwise, debtor and creditor each retaining one of the halves. Sports sense of "a total score" is from 1856.
mid-15c., from Medieval Latin talliare "to tax," from tallia (see tally (n.)). Related: Tallied; tallying.