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verb tally pronunciation in American English /ˈtæli/
Word Forms
present tense
present participletallying
past tensetallied
past participletallied
  1. 1



    tally up

    [transitive] if you tally numbers or amounts, or if you tally them up, you calculate their total
  2. 2
    [intransitive] if two things such as statements or calculations tally, or if one tallies with the other, they match each other

    Their statement doesn’t tally with the facts.

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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