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[v. tab-yuh-leyt; adj. tab-yuh-lit, -leyt] /v. ˈtæb yəˌleɪt; adj. ˈtæb yə lɪt, -ˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), tabulated, tabulating.
to put or arrange in a tabular, systematic, or condensed form; formulate tabularly.
verb (used without object), tabulated, tabulating.
tab1 (def 13).
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 forms
tabulable, adjective
tabulation, noun
nontabulated, adjective
pretabulate, verb (used with object), pretabulated, pretabulating.
pretabulation, noun
retabulate, verb (used with object), retabulated, retabulating.
untabulable, adjective
untabulated, adjective
1. order, rank, sort, group, classify. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tabulate
  • Hotel guests aren't an accurate way to tabulate, since many tourists stay with family or friends.
  • For every square meter of the site, archeologists tabulate exactly what is there and in what amounts.
  • Meanwhile the electronics could tabulate votes quickly, as our impatient society demands.
  • For the rest of the week, in their famously undisclosed location, the accountants will tabulate and retabulate.
  • More complex solicitations may take more time to tabulate.
British Dictionary definitions for tabulate


verb (transitive) (ˈtæbjʊˌleɪt)
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 Forms
tabulable, adjective
tabulation, noun
Word Origin
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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