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Today's word is:
noun ( pl. -lies)
1. A current score or amount : that takes his tally to 10 goals in 10 games.
A record of a score or amount : I kept a running tally of David's debt on a note above my desk.
A particular number taken as a group or unit to facilitate counting.
A mark registering such a number.
(also tally stick) Historical a piece of wood scored across with notches for the items of an account and then split into halves, each party keeping one.
An account kept in such a way.
[archaic] A counterpart or duplicate of something.
2. a label attached to a plant or tree, or stuck in the ground beside it, that gives information about it, such as its name and class.
verb ( -lies, -lied)
1. [ intrans. ] Agree or correspond : their signatures should tally with their names on the register.
2. [ trans. ] Calculate the total number of : the votes were being tallied with abacuses.
ORIGIN: late Middle English (denoting a notched tally stick): from Anglo-Norman French tallie, from Latin talea 'twig, cutting.'