poll

noun
\ 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

poll

verb
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

Verb

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

Synonyms for poll

Synonyms: Noun

bean, block [slang], dome, head, mazard (or mazzard) [chiefly dialect], nob, noddle, noggin, noodle, nut [slang], pate

Synonyms: Verb

canvass (also canvas), interview, solicit, survey

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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

In Chatsworth, Porter Ranch and other northwestern parts of the San Fernando Valley, voters are headed to the polls Tuesday to decide who should fill a coveted seat on the Los Angeles City Council. Emily Alpert Reyes, latimes.com, "An L.A. City Council seat is up for grabs in the San Fernando Valley," 4 June 2019 To receive an email alert when the Tweet of the Week poll goes live, go to the Trib's newsletter subscription page to sign up. Eric Zorn, chicagotribune.com, "Why bang on the drum all day when you can fill out this week's tweet poll?," 3 June 2019 Each presented a clear contrast with the two male septuagenarians at the top of the primary polls. Jennifer Rubin, The Denver Post, "Rubin: Two speeches, two halves of the Democratic campaign," 3 June 2019 Even after the early voting period ends on the Friday before Election Day, residents who will be unable to get to the polls on Election Day because of unforeseen events can cast what are called emergency ballots on the weekend before the election. Michael Wines, New York Times, "With 2020 Looming, Parties Fight State by State Over Voting Access," 3 June 2019 Since then, public expectations have taken a roller coaster ride based on the media’s reporting of polls. Trevor Marshallsea, The Seattle Times, "Australia’s leader vows to get back to work after shock win," 19 May 2019 According to recent polls, men still question whether women are emotionally fit to be president. Melanie Hamlett, Glamour, "America Loves a Loser (As Long As He's White and Male)," 17 Apr. 2019 Recent polls put Eve in last place behind the other Democrats running for the office. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Verizon lobbyist runs for NY AG—as the state sues FCC over net neutrality repeal," 7 Sep. 2018 If an independent could ascend to the top of the polls, maybe there was a chance. Andy Staples, SI.com, "The Chaos and Consequences of the BCS, 20 Years After Its Inaugural Season," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

According to Pew Research Center, 44% of those polled marked Obama as the best or second best president of their lifetimes, compared to 33% who mentioned Bill Clinton and the 32% who mentioned Ronald Reagan. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Obama Is The Best President Of Americans' Lifetimes: Poll," 4 June 2019 Democrats have consistently polled better than Republicans on generic Congressional ballots for months. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Poll: Democrats lead Republicans by 10 points ahead of 2018 midterms," 18 Mar. 2018 Analysts polled by FactSet expected $1.89 billion in sales. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "First-Quarter Sales at Dean Foods Fell 9%," 7 May 2019 Over 70 percent of those polled acknowledge that reproductive freedom is tied to women’s overall empowerment and equality. Ilyse Hogue, Glamour, "Attention Corporate America, Women Need to Know That You Support Their Reproductive Rights," 23 Apr. 2019 Still, maritime experts polled by the Norwegian media are doubtful the ship can return to operational status. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Norway’s Ruined Frigate Is Afloat Again and It Doesn't Look Good," 15 Apr. 2019 Sarec, whose List of Marjan Sarec is polling at around 15 percent, gave up an acting career to become mayor of the northwestern town of Kamnik and ran for the presidency last year. Washington Post, "Anti-immigrant party set to make gains in Slovenia vote," 1 June 2018 It was long challenged from the right by the National Action Party, while a far left opposition would only poll a couple of percent. Time, "'I Am Here to Salute My President': Mexicans Celebrate Lopez Obrador's Left-Wing Landslide," 2 July 2018 Was John the only person CinemaScore polled on the way out of both movies? Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "Why is 'Hereditary' such a hit with critics — and an apparent flop with audiences?," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of poll

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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

History and Etymology for poll

Noun

Middle English pol, polle, from Middle Low German

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poll

noun

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
British : the number of votes made in an election

poll

verb

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

poll

noun
\ 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.

poll

verb
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.

poll

noun
\ ˈpōl How to pronounce poll (audio) \

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)

Medical Definition of poll (Entry 2 of 3)

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

poll

adjective

Medical Definition of poll (Entry 3 of 3)

: having no horns

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