void

adjective
\ ˈvȯid \

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for void

Synonyms: Adjective

bankrupt, bare, barren, bereft, destitute, devoid

Synonyms: Noun

breach, break, discontinuity, gap, gulf, hiatus, hole, interstice, interval, opening, rent, rift, separation

Synonyms: Verb

clear, empty, evacuate, vacate

Antonyms: Adjective

filled, flush, fraught, full, replete, rife

Antonyms: Verb

fill, load

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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

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 The turbulent and assassination-scarred 1960s created an acute leadership void in black America. Jason Whitlock, WSJ, "Kanye Had One of the Best Tweets of All Time," 7 May 2018 Berry can make up for other deficiencies on the back end of the defense, and the Chiefs will need him to help fill the leadership void left vacant by linebacker Derrick Johnson's departure. Lindsay H. Jones, USA TODAY, "Chiefs training camp questions: Can Patrick Mahomes take Kansas City to next level?," 2 July 2018 Forest Grove Fire & Rescue reports that the fire started in a void space between the basement and main floor of the chapel. Samantha Swindler, OregonLive.com, "Devastating church fire caused by electrical failure," 11 June 2018 While some older condominium bylaws may state that a spouse or nontitleholder of a unit may serve on the board of directors, such provisions are inconsistent with the Condominium Property Act and are therefore void. Howard Dakoff, chicagotribune.com, "When no one wants to serve on condo board, can unit owners be strong-armed to do so?," 7 June 2018 China warned the United States on Sunday that any deals the two countries reach on trade will be void if President Donald Trump's threatened tariff hike on Chinese goods goes ahead. NBC News, "China warns trade agreements at risk if U.S. imposes tariffs," 3 June 2018 With Jason Witten and Dez Bryant gone, there has been a curiosity among members of the local media about who will fill the leadership void with Dallas Cowboys. Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "With Jason Witten and Dez Bryant gone, the Cowboys are definitely Dak Prescott's team now," 29 May 2018 The Seahawks stayed on offense with their fourth-round pick, as well, filling their enormous tight end void (or, more likely, just part of it) with Will Dissly. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "2018 NFL Draft Grades: Analysis of All 32 Teams," 28 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The meals are all gluten-free, junk-free and available without any subscription commitments – or even turning on the stove. ▪ Fill summer’s red wine void with one that’s meant to be chilled. Celestina Blok, star-telegram, "Restaurant news: South Main grows, Sundance gets Funky and Waterside goes coastal," 5 July 2018 Since that tragic announcement was published on the pair’s blog, fans have been desperately searching for another show to fill the void the Gaines left behind. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "Meet Brett & Kara Phillips, HGTV's Next Chip & Joanna Gaines," 13 July 2018 The stops shouldn't be lost on those keenly aware of the Rangers' attempts to fill Mark Teixeira's void at first base. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Guzman looking for permanent stay as Rangers' first baseman," 10 July 2018 No matter what happens against Raonic, the 23-year-old McDonald has already put together his breakout performance as a pro, adding him to the conversation of young American players to fill what has been a rather long void on the ATP Tour. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Mackenzie McDonald's Wimbledon run has been extra special for his former coach at UCLA," 8 July 2018 When the funeral is over, the thank-you cards are written, and the parent's clothes are eventually put away or donated, the caregiver often faces not just lingering sadness but an uncomfortable void. Barry J. Jacobs, sandiegouniontribune.com, "What to do when caregiving finally ends," 6 July 2018 But Embiid does not have nearly the room to grow that his young castmates do, thanks to the supersized voids in their games that existed during their rookie seasons. David Murphy, Philly.com, "Sixers might look the same, but potential for improvement is huge | David Murphy," 6 July 2018 To help replace the Cousins void, the Pelicans agreed to a two-year deal worth about $18 million with former Lakers big man Julius Randle, who will now pair with his fellow Kentucky product Anthony Davis in the New Orleans frontcourt. Tim Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "Boogie Bomb: Warriors set to add DeMarcus Cousins to lineup," 3 July 2018 During Prohibition, ice cream parlors filled some of the void left by closed bars, and brewers, including Yuengling and Anheuser-Busch, re-opened their operations as ice cream factories. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie, BostonGlobe.com, "How ice cream made America," 30 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Both items would include a sunset clause that voids the taxing after the loans are repaid, unless future village trustees vote to keep them. Rick Kambic, chicagotribune.com, "Parts of Mundelein underwater day after village lays out long-term flood prevention efforts," 27 June 2018 Following pressure from federal health regulators, Theranos voided or corrected nearly a million blood-test results. John Carreyrou, WSJ, "U.S. Files Criminal Charges Against Theranos’s Elizabeth Holmes, Ramesh Balwani," 15 June 2018 If the will were voided, Ern's estate, which is worth at least $1.6 million, would go to family members. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Financial adviser for Milwaukee man who lived like a hermit ordered to return $1 million," 5 June 2018 Sandler said the one that had not expired had been voided. Anemona Hartocollis, BostonGlobe.com, "Charles Koch Foundation had voice in hiring and firing professors at Virginia university," 2 May 2018 The new contract was a renegotiation after Pump’s initial contract with Warner was voided in January due to his age. Mackenzie Cummings-grady, Billboard, "Lil Pump Drops Massive 'Gucci Gang' Remix With 21 Savage, J Balvin, Gucci Mane & More," 19 Mar. 2018 Brees current contract automatically voids on March 14 and he is scheduled to count $18 million in dead salary cap space, which would affect how the Saints approach free agency. Herbie Teope, NOLA.com, "Saints' Mickey Loomis expects Drew Brees to remain in New Orleans," 2 Mar. 2018 Democrats later captured the governorship and the State Supreme Court, which recently voided the existing district lines and forced an icy standoff between Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, over the creation of a new map. Alexander Burns, New York Times, "Eric Holder’s Group Targets All-G.O.P. States to Attack Gerrymandering," 6 Feb. 2018 The change does not void Apple’s long-standing policy that no iOS app may host an app store of its own and allow users to purchase and download software not approved through its own marketplace. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Apple revises App Store rules after rejecting Valve’s game streaming Steam Link app," 5 June 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

: 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 \

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 \

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 \

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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