void

adjective
\ ˈvȯid How to pronounce void (audio) \

Definition of void

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : of no legal force or effect : null a void contract
b : voidable
2 : containing nothing void space
3a : not occupied : vacant a void bishopric
b : not inhabited : deserted
4 : idle, leisure
5a : being without something specified : devoid a nature void of all malice
b : having no members or examples specifically, of a suit : having no cards represented in a particular hand
6 : vain, useless

void

noun

Definition of void (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : opening, gap
b : empty space : emptiness, vacuum
2 : the quality or state of being without something : lack, absence
3 : a feeling of want or hollowness
4 : absence of cards of a particular suit in a hand originally dealt to a player

void

verb
voided; voiding; voids

Definition of void (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : nullify, annul
2a : to make empty or vacant : clear
b archaic : vacate, leave

intransitive verb

: to eliminate solid or liquid waste from the body

Other Words from void

Adjective

voidness noun

Verb

voider noun

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Adjective

empty, vacant, blank, void, vacuous mean lacking contents which could or should be present. empty suggests a complete absence of contents. an empty bucket vacant suggests an absence of appropriate contents or occupants. a vacant apartment blank stresses the absence of any significant, relieving, or intelligible features on a surface. a blank wall void suggests absolute emptiness as far as the mind or senses can determine. a statement void of meaning vacuous suggests the emptiness of a vacuum and especially the lack of intelligence or significance. a vacuous facial expression

Examples of void in a Sentence

Adjective This sales offer is void where prohibited by law. an agreement is void if obtained by force Noun the great voids between galaxies a repressed memory that left a huge void in her recollection of her adolescent years Verb The judge voided the contract. Any unauthorized repairs will void the warranty. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Taiwan’s government says that as the island has never been ruled by the People’s Republic of China, its sovereignty claims are void. Reuters, NBC News, 21 Sep. 2022 Any portion of such an initiative not addressed in the title would be void, even if approved by voters. Ryan Randazzo, AZCentral.com, 19 Sep. 2022 The judge also noted that under Fiji law, a defendant’s presumption in favor of bail is void in cases involving allegations of domestic violence. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 16 Sep. 2022 Kapoor is best known for works that explore the interplay of mass and void, and for beguiling experiments with optics. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 15 Aug. 2022 In landing the Miami native's pledge, Satterfield and company filled an obvious recruiting void by adding a versatile tackling machine to their defenses of the future. The Courier-Journal, 14 Aug. 2022 Did your last vessel get turned into high-velocity toothpicks by a frenzied school of void scavvers? Goldie Chan, Forbes, 14 Aug. 2022 Longtime Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was traded to Indianapolis in the offseason, leaving a leadership void in the locker room. Paul Newberry, ajc, 10 Aug. 2022 That lawsuit hinges on a provision that says the law becomes void when any of its requirements are struck down in court. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 2 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Right now the network will stream live games from 22 sports on 16 channels, with other content like rankings shows, interview shows and more and more filling in the void when live sports are not available. Chris Hays, Orlando Sentinel, 31 July 2022 Though Max met her brutal end at the hands of Vecna (Jamie Campbell Bower), Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) miraculously resurrected her while in the void ... kind of. Jacqueline Saguin, Good Housekeeping, 7 July 2022 Eleven goes searching for Max's consciousness, and calls out for her friend in a quiet void. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 3 July 2022 The cause of the despair was the impunity that the trial had laid bare, that the officers had for years been able to operate in a world where nothing mattered, in a moral void. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, 4 June 2022 Einstein had predicted the existence of black holes—unseen points in the void where gravity warps the very fabric of space—more than a century earlier, and here, at last, was photographic evidence of one. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 12 May 2022 The colorful vertical performance video then mostly focuses on PSY — rocking a lime green suit — pulling off his signature smooth dance moves in a white void while MAMAMOO‘s Sa shakes her hips next to him in a skintight blue and white catsuit. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 4 May 2022 Something new can now be found deep in the void that is the Bethesda Launcher's logo. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 27 Apr. 2022 But in that void Talen Horton-Tucker delivered the best game of his career, a reminder of why the Lakers valued him this past offseason, scoring 40 in a 128-112 loss to the Warriors. Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Have the Tigers considered trying to void Rodriguez's contract? Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 6 July 2022 On Wednesday afternoon, the city of Anaheim formally asked the Angels to agree to void the deal and preserve all documents related to it, in anticipation of a possible lawsuit. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2022 Failure to do so would void the reprieve or commutation. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, 25 Aug. 2022 Consider that these changes could void existing roof warranties. Nafeesah Allen, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Aug. 2022 Republicans in the state legislature originally attempted to put a constitutional amendment that would void these protections on the ballot in 2020. Annie Gowen, Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2022 As conservative states move to bar gender transition therapies for people under 18, California’s Legislature is considering a bill that would void any subpoena seeking information about people traveling to the state for such care. New York Times, 2 July 2022 Hey, Terry: If Watson is out indefinitely, can the Browns void his ridiculous contract? Terry Pluto, cleveland, 6 July 2022 The suit asks the court to void the House 25 race results but does not seek specific relief beyond what. Doug Thompson, Arkansas Online, 14 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of void

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

Noun

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2a

History and Etymology for void

Adjective

Middle English voyde, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *vocitus, alteration of Latin vocivus, vacivus empty, from vacare to be empty

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French voider (Old French of Île-de-France vuider) Vulgar Latin *vocitare, from *vocitus

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“Void.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/void. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for void

void

adjective
\ ˈvȯid How to pronounce void (audio) \

Kids Definition of void

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : containing nothing : empty void space
2 : being without : devoid … I am cast upon a horrible, desolate island, void of all hope of recovery.— Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
3 : having no legal effect a void contract

void

noun

Kids Definition of void (Entry 2 of 2)

: empty space the great void between planets Her departure left a void in my life.

void

transitive verb
\ ˈvȯid How to pronounce void (audio) \

Medical Definition of void

: to discharge or emit void urine

intransitive verb

: to eliminate solid or liquid waste from the body frequent voiding

void

adjective
\ ˈvȯid How to pronounce void (audio) \

Legal Definition of void

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of no force or effect under law a void marriage
2 : voidable

Other Words from void

voidness noun

void

transitive verb

Legal Definition of void (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or declare void void a contract

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