[verb tab-yuh-leyt; adjective tab-yuh-lit, -leyt]
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.
verb (used without object), tab·u·lat·ed, tab·u·lat·ing.
  1. to operate the tab key on a typewriter; to tab.
  1. shaped like a table or tablet; tabular.
  2. 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

Synonyms for tabulate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for untabulated


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
adjective (ˈtæbjʊlɪt, -ˌleɪt)
  1. having a flat surface
  2. (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 untabulated



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

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