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

Women are registering people to vote; women are running, not walking, to the polls; and women are fighting to preserve and expand our right to participate. Alicia Garza, Marie Claire, "Alicia Garza: Women Are the New Face of Power," 21 Mar. 2019 And this cycle, issues important to moms — like healthcare, immigration, and national security — are the ones driving women to the polls. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "These 10 Moms Running for Office Need You to Vote on November 6," 30 Oct. 2018 With five hours to go before the virtual polls close, Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar remains atop the leaderboard in the MLB Final Vote competition, with the winner earning a spot on the National League all-star squad for the game July 17. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Final Vote: With five hours to go, Jesus Aguilar remains in lead for all-star spot," 11 July 2018 Just this week, the Marquette University Law School poll showed Sanders leading a field of 12 Democratic candidates in Wisconsin. Scott Bauer, The Seattle Times, "Sanders promises to win back Midwest states Trump captured," 13 Apr. 2019 Zach Gibson-Pool/Getty Images President Donald Trump is getting blamed for the government shutdown, a new poll shows. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Trump’s approval rating drops to Charlottesville levels during shutdown," 27 Dec. 2018 And that means white women need to show up—at the polls and on the streets—for the issues affecting people who don’t look like them. Zoey Grossman; Fashion Editor: Cassie Anderson, Harper's BAZAAR, "Uzo Aduba, Katie Holmes & Ieshia Evans Reenact Iconic Images of Social Change," 20 Nov. 2018 In 1999 a national referendum voted to keep the Queen, and the most recent poll in April showed half of Australians supported a republic, with 35 per cent against and 10 per cent uncommitted. Juliet Rieden, Town & Country, "Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Tour of Australia Is Crucial to the Future of the Monarchy," 1 Nov. 2018 But by October 2017, just a month after the legislature passed the Foxconn deal, a poll showed only 38 percent of the people in southeastern Wisconsin, where the plant would be located, thought the plant would be a net positive for the state. Bruce Murphy, The Verge, "Wisconsin’s $4.1 billion Foxconn boondoggle," 29 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 But the chairman did share that the DNC will initially consider more elements, such as grassroots fundraising, rather than just polling to determine the standards for qualifying for the first few debates. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "When Are the Democratic Presidential Debates? 2020 Is Coming Up Fast," 8 Feb. 2019 According to the survey published in the Journal of American College Health, one quarter of the 372 college students polled reported sleep-texting behavior. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "College Students Are Sleep Texting Potentially Embarrassing Things," 5 Dec. 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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