\ ˈpōl How to pronounce poll (audio) \

Definition of poll

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : head
2a : the top or back of the head
b : nape
3 : the broad or flat end of a striking tool (such as a hammer)
4a(1) : the casting or recording of the votes of a body of persons
(2) : a counting of votes cast
b : the place where votes are cast or recorded usually used in plural at the polls
c : the period of time during which votes may be cast at an election
d : the total number of votes recorded a heavy poll
5a : a questioning or canvassing of persons selected at random or by quota to obtain information or opinions to be analyzed
b : a record of the information so obtained


polled; polling; polls

Definition of poll (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to cut off or cut short the hair or wool of : crop, shear
b : to cut off or cut short (a material, such as wool)
2a : to cut off or back the top of (something, such as a tree) specifically : pollard
b : to cut off or cut short the horns of (cattle)
3a : to receive and record the votes of
b : to request each member of to declare a vote individually poll the assembly
4 : to receive (votes) in an election
5 : to question or canvass in a poll
6 : to check (devices, such as several computer terminals sharing a single line) in sequence for messages waiting to be transmitted

intransitive verb

: to cast one's vote at a poll

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Other Words from poll


pollee \ pō-​ˈlē How to pronounce poll (audio) \ noun
poller \ ˈpō-​lər How to pronounce poll (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for poll

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of poll in a Sentence

Noun The magazine conducted a poll to find out the favorite 100 movies of all time. A recent poll shows a decrease in the number of teenagers who smoke. The polls are open until 8:00 tonight. Verb About half of the people polled had tried smoking. The conservative candidate polled more than 10,000 votes in the last election.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The rankings include first-place votes in parenthesis, win-loss record and overall points from this week’s poll. Matt Goul, cleveland, 13 Sep. 2021 Under the threshold envisioned by the poll, they would have been required to turn in about 3.1 million signatures. John Myers, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2021 Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents are most likely to tie their identity as Democrats to support for progressive policies and more government aid, the most recent poll finds. Ariel Edwards-levy And Jennifer Agiesta, CNN, 12 Sep. 2021 Latinos were evenly split, and a more recent poll showing 66% of Latino voters would not support the recall. Lisa Bennatan, Fox News, 12 Sep. 2021 The full Associated Press poll will be released later Sunday. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, 12 Sep. 2021 See last week's poll results:Who was the Louisville-area high school Player of the Week, Aug. 30-Sept. 3? Gabriel Stovall, The Courier-Journal, 12 Sep. 2021 Santilli is expected to overcome Manes with just over 70 percent of the Juntos vote, the poll suggests. Agustino Fontevecchia, Forbes, 11 Sep. 2021 Of poll respondents, all likely voters, 61 percent approved of Janey’s work as mayor. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Throughout training camp, The Republic tried to poll as many players as possible about their thoughts on DeAndre Hopkins, the person and the player. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, 5 Sep. 2021 The initial law targeted states and localities with low minority turnout and a history of using hurdles such as literacy tests and poll taxes to disenfranchise minority voters. Brian Slodysko, Star Tribune, 10 July 2021 This word cloud illustrates the results, with the size of words scaled to depict how often poll respondents used them. oregonlive, 14 May 2021 Kentucky enters the tournament ranked No. 2 nationally in the coaches poll thanks to a 19-1 record and Southeastern Conference title. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 14 Apr. 2021 The legislation empowers poll watchers to sue and seek court orders against election officials who get in their way. BostonGlobe.com, 31 Aug. 2021 But Mobile City Clerk Lisa Lambert, whose office oversees the municipal election, said Friday that there were plenty of training opportunities provided to poll workers including one that occurred on Monday, the day before the election. al, 27 Aug. 2021 Alaska is a notoriously difficult state to poll, given its small population and lack of telecommunications infrastructure. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, 6 Oct. 2020 Sure do your research, poll the experts, but in the end, don’t ignore gut instinct. Dr Margie Warrell, Forbes, 24 June 2021

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First Known Use of poll


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for poll


Middle English pol, polle, from Middle Low German

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“Poll.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poll. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of poll

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an activity in which several or many people are asked a question or a series of questions in order to get information about what most people think about something
: the record of votes that were made by people in an election
: the number of votes made in an election



English Language Learners Definition of poll (Entry 2 of 2)

: to ask (several or many people) a question or a series of questions in order to get information about what most people think about something
: to receive (a specified number or percentage of votes) in an election


\ ˈpōl How to pronounce poll (audio) \

Kids Definition of poll

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the casting or recording of the votes or opinions of a number of persons A poll showed a decrease in student interest.
2 : the place where votes are cast usually used in pl. We go to the polls tomorrow.


polled; polling

Kids Definition of poll (Entry 2 of 2)

: to question in order to get information or opinions about something She polled her classmates on their study habits.


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Medical Definition of poll

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: the head or a part of it especially : the region between the ears of some quadrupeds (as a horse)


transitive verb

Medical Definition of poll (Entry 2 of 3)

: to cut off or cut short the horns of (cattle)



Medical Definition of poll (Entry 3 of 3)

: having no horns

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