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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 tabulation
  • With the device in place, the tabulation finished ahead of schedule and under budget.
  • Provided that the local authorities are relatively honest, tabulation errors should be random, meaning they will run both ways.
  • The speed of the fall was caused by a tabulation delay.
  • The point is that voters can confirm that their encrypted receipt is input into the tabulation.
  • Dillard's low threshold for considering a recount reflects the advances in electronic vote-tabulation technology.
  • The test is intended to exercise all aspects of the tabulation programming.
  • Totals listed on the bid tabulation are for comparison only.
British Dictionary definitions for tabulation


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 tabulation

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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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