A tally is a continuous count of something, like the number of words in a document, or the number of favors your best friend owes you. To tally is to add up, like keeping the score of a game.

The word tally has to do with counting. It comes from the Latin word for “stick” because people used to keep a tally by marking a stick. Tally can be the total, or the act of adding it all up. If you count the bikers riding by, your count is a tally. As a verb, tally is used for keeping score. Two friends playing basketball need to tally the points after each basket so they don't lose track.

Definitions of tally
  1. noun
    the act of counting; reciting numbers in ascending order
    synonyms: count, counting, enumeration, numeration, reckoning
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    blood count
    the act of estimating the number of red and white corpuscles in a blood sample
    census, nose count, nosecount
    a periodic count of the population
    counting backward from an arbitrary number to indicate the time remaining before some event (such as launching a space vehicle)
    an inaccurate count
    the counting of votes (as in an election)
    an additional (usually a second) count; especially of the votes in a close election
    sperm count
    the act of estimating the number of spermatozoa in an ejaculate
    CBC, blood profile, complete blood count
    counting the number of white and red blood cells and the number of platelets in 1 cubic millimeter of blood
    differential blood count
    counting the number of specific types of white blood cells found in 1 cubic millimeter of blood; may be included as part of a complete blood count
    type of:
    investigating, investigation
    the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically
  2. noun
    a score in baseball made by a runner touching all four bases safely
    “their first tally came in the 3rd inning”
    synonyms: run
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    earned run
    a run that was not scored as the result of an error by the other team
    unearned run
    a run that was scored as a result of an error by the other team
    rbi, run batted in
    a run that is the result of the batter's performance
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    the act of scoring in a game or sport
  3. noun
    a bill for an amount due
    synonyms: reckoning
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    account, bill, invoice
    an itemized statement of money owed for goods or services
  4. verb
    determine the sum of
    synonyms: add, add together, add up, sum, sum up, summate, tot, tot up, total, tote up
    add, add together
    make an addition by combining numbers
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    count, enumerate, number, numerate
    determine the number or amount of
  5. verb
    keep score, as in games
    synonyms: chalk up
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    enter, put down, record
    make a record of; set down in permanent form
  6. verb
    gain points in a game
    synonyms: hit, rack up, score
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    make a score (on a hole) equal to par
    score (a spare)
    complete successfully
    score an extra point or points after touchdown by kicking the ball through the uprights or advancing the ball into the end zone
    hit a home run
    make a goal
    shoot in two strokes under par
    hole up
    score a hole in one
    score an ace against
    obtain a base on balls
    equalise, equalize, get even
    compensate; make the score equal
    get, have, make
    achieve a point or goal
    score (a goal) by making a place kick
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    advance, gain, gain ground, get ahead, make headway, pull ahead, win
    obtain advantages, such as points, etc.
  7. verb
    be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics
    synonyms: agree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match
    check, check out
    be verified or confirmed; pass inspection
    accord, agree, comport, concord, consort, fit in, harmonise, harmonize
    be harmonious or consistent with
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    disaccord, disagree, discord
    be different from one another
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    be consistent in form, tenor, or character; be congruous
    accord in appearance with
    match or correspond
    be the same
    be or come into adjustment with
    bear a reciprocal or mutual relation
    be parallel to
    duplicate, parallel, twin
    duplicate or match
    be compatible with
    bear out, corroborate, support, underpin
    support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm
    appear like; be similar or bear a likeness to
    conform to, fit, meet
    satisfy a condition or restriction
    be homologous
    befit, beseem, suit
    accord or comport with
    accord, agree, comport, concord, consort, fit in, harmonise, harmonize
    be harmonious or consistent with
    form a pattern
    adhere, hew
    be compatible or in accordance with
    rhyme, rime
    be similar in sound, especially with respect to the last syllable
    be co-ordinated
    look like
    bear a physical resemblance to
    come to life
    be lifelike, as of a painting
    take after
    be similar to a relative
    approximate, come close
    be close or similar
    fill the bill, fit the bill
    be what is needed or be good enough for what is required
    behoove, behove
    be appropriate or necessary
    fulfil, fulfill, live up to, satisfy
    meet the requirements or expectations of
    appear like, as in behavior or appearance
    echo, recall
    call to mind
    blend, blend in, go
    blend or harmonize
    accommodate, fit, suit
    be agreeable or acceptable to
    correspond in vowel sounds; rhyme in assonance
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    be, equal
    be identical or equivalent to
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