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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

This Promotion is void outside the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and where prohibited or restricted by law. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Pride Summer Concert Sweepstakes Rules," 3 June 2019 PlatformLocation},{type:void 0,decorators:[{type:i. Car and Driver, "No title," 18 Nov. 2018 PlatformLocation},{type:void 0,decorators:[{type:i. Car and Driver, "No title," 18 Nov. 2018 PlatformLocation},{type:void 0,decorators:[{type:i. Car and Driver, "No title," 18 Nov. 2018 PlatformLocation},{type:void 0,decorators:[{type:i. Car and Driver, "No title," 18 Nov. 2018 PlatformLocation},{type:void 0,decorators:[{type:i. Car and Driver, "No title," 12 July 2018 The one asset this roster has that was void in past years is the maneuverability of relievers shuttling from Triple-A Iowa to the Cubs and back because of their option status. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs Q&A: What's up with Kris Bryant's swing? When will reliever Dillon Maples get called up?," 26 June 2018 All subsequent Ballots from any person or device will be considered void if detected by Sponsor. Howard County Times, "Official rules: Howard Magazine Best Restaurants readers' poll 2018," 5 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The longer Durant is out, the crazier the buzz. Left to wander in a void, the mind travels to strange places. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Phantom of the Warriors’ Opera: Kevin Durant’s status a strange mystery," 8 June 2019 While some countries, like Canada, are stepping up to fill the leadership void, others, like Hungary, are taking a cue from Mr. Trump’s America and stepping back themselves. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Refugee crisis: While some follow US as it disengages, others lead," 26 June 2018 Filling the Posh Gap How did the Spice Girls fill the Posh void? Christian Allaire, Vogue, "6 Need-to-Know Moments From the Spice Girls’s First Reunion Show," 26 May 2019 With the right attitude, Ella hopes Stitchroom can fill this void. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This New Website Makes it SO Easy to Order Custom Upholstery," 15 May 2019 The crew's absence has been a hard pill to swallow for many avid viewers, but there's no doubt that the remaining stars will continue to serve up our dramatic fishing fix (and hopefully fill Johnathan's pranking void). Blair Donovan, Country Living, "This Is Why 'Deadliest Catch' Won't Feature the Time Bandit Anymore," 28 Apr. 2019 Advertising Bulls: Lemon was signed Friday to fill some of the void created by the rash of injuries. John Jackson, The Seattle Times, "Ibaka, VanVleet lead Raptors to 124-101 rout of Bulls," 30 Mar. 2019 Sironi retains the whole, yet emphasizes existential separation—the ever-presence of void. Lance Esplund, WSJ, "‘Metaphysical Masterpieces 1916-1920: Morandi, Sironi, and Carrà’ Review: Every Object’s Mysteries," 16 Jan. 2019 Their cupidity quickly becomes an existential threat to all of the people and things that define the city, condemning them to a subterranean life at the bottom of the void. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "Donut County is a game about swallowing Los Angeles and realizing you’re an asshole," 1 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Her ruling voids the government’s obligations under the agreement to... Aruna Viswanatha, WSJ, "Judge Rules Paul Manafort Lied in Violation of Plea Deal," 14 Feb. 2019 The decision in February, by Judge James O. Browning, voided the formula used by the federal government to calculate risk adjustment payments each year from 2014 to 2018. Robert Pear, New York Times, "Health Insurers Warn of Market Turmoil as Trump Suspends Billions in Payments," 7 July 2018 After his conviction, the Los Angeles Kings voided the remainder of his six-year, $25 million contract. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Suspended L.A. Kings defenseman Slava Voynov now able to apply for reinstatement," 2 July 2018 Almost a million blood test results in Arizona and California have been voided and retested. Julia Belluz, Vox, "How Silicon Valley got played by Theranos," 15 June 2018 And his ruling voided the council vote confirming Jim Goetz' appointment to Rosenberg's seat, again favoring her. Carrie Blackmore Smith, Cincinnati.com, "Is war over Parks Board leader ended? No. Court ruling shifts fight to City Council.," 23 Jan. 2018 Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson says the law that takes effect July 1 will void a local ordinance that allows public access to sand that’s owned by beachfront property owners. Washington Post, "New Florida law reignites beach access fight in Panhandle," 25 June 2018 The decision follows Errani's appeal against the original ban and voided results, while the Italian anti-doping agency had asked for a longer suspension. Bianca Britton, CNN, "Tennis player Sara Errani 'disgusted' by doping ban increase," 12 June 2018 Using iFixit’s repair kit also voids Apple’s warranty. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Apple may have a less wasteful method of replacing the new MacBook Air’s battery," 7 Nov. 2018

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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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More Definitions for void

void

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of void

 (Entry 1 of 3)

law : having no legal force or effect
formal : not containing anything

void

noun

English Language Learners Definition of void (Entry 2 of 3)

: a large empty space

void

verb

English Language Learners Definition of void (Entry 3 of 3)

law : to make (something) invalid : to say that (something) is no longer in effect

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.
\ 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

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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

Legal Definition of void (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or declare void void a contract

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