void

1 of 3

adjective

1
a
: of no legal force or effect : null
a void contract
b
2
: containing nothing
void space
3
a
: not occupied : vacant
a void bishopric
b
: not inhabited : deserted
4
5
a
: 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
voidness noun

void

2 of 3

noun

1
a
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

3 of 3

verb

voided; voiding; voids

transitive verb

1
2
a
: to make empty or vacant : clear
b
archaic : vacate, leave
3

intransitive verb

: to eliminate solid or liquid waste from the body
voider noun
Choose the Right Synonym for void

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
Zangs, who coached at St. Paul’s Johnson High School for several years before joining the Como Park Cougars, sees a development void in the Midway that will clearly impact the city’s high school teams like his own down the line. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, 3 Feb. 2024 Of the eight people who live on the left side of the duplex, seven were home when the blaze broke out, including an adult sibling who jumped from the second floor to escape the fire — which Roache said was able to spread quickly in an older home with a balloon frame and lots of void spaces. Justin Muszynski, Hartford Courant, 4 Jan. 2024 Other Terms If any provision of these Terms of Service shall be unlawful, void or unenforceable for any reason, the other provisions (and any partially enforceable provision) shall not be affected thereby and shall remain valid and enforceable to the maximum possible extent. Washington Examiner, 15 Dec. 2023 Senate Bill 108 would add language to existing law saying that any ordinance adopted by a consolidated city between Dec. 31, 2022, and July 1, 2023, is void. Kayla Dwyer, The Indianapolis Star, 8 Jan. 2024 This Promotion is void outside the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and where prohibited. Condé Nast, Vogue, 12 Dec. 2023 While the legal precedents are not perfectly clear, both of those presidents effectively won: the treaties are widely understood to be void. Maggie Haberman, New York Times, 9 Dec. 2023 Earlier during the hearing, Hicks said the actions of the reconstituted board of the housing authority were void because the board lacked a public housing recipient. Joseph Flaherty, arkansasonline.com, 1 Dec. 2023 The nature of the disaster, and the chaos and information void in the aftermath, lent itself to rumor and conspiracy theories. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, 30 Oct. 2023
Noun
Bright and yearning, Zendaya’s Chani stands in contrast to the dark void that is Chalamet’s Paul Atreides. EW.com, 18 Feb. 2024 The installations here are poised to inspire introspection on the voids and presences within our own lives and societies. Shelby Knick, Forbes, 17 Feb. 2024 No one stepped up to claim the prize from the August drawing before the deadline, rendering the Mega Millions lottery ticket void. Brammhi Balarajan, CNN, 15 Feb. 2024 Another pro tip is to transform your TV from a black void into a work of art ... Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Feb. 2024 The filmmaker’s friend, onetime student and documentary subject is also a captivating leading man, and his absence from most of the final sequence of Bushman, after expressing, with a laugh, that all-American need for a burger, is an aching void. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Jan. 2024 With his trusty acoustic guitar in hand, Sheeran briefly crashes to his knees, but almost instantly recovers and hops up to strum his instrument while turning around to the below-stage void behind him with a knowing smile. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 29 Jan. 2024 While replacing his career-best scoring punch is going to be a chore, there’s also another huge void that has to be plugged. Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer, 26 Jan. 2024 The lounge fills a void in the Caribbean nightlife of Charlotte since Crystal on the Plaza closed during the pandemic after 18 years, Elvado Laing previously told the Observer. Catherine Muccigrosso, Charlotte Observer, 1 Feb. 2024
Verb
In late January, a Delaware judge voided his $55.8 billion Tesla compensation package — the largest in US corporate history — after an investor claimed it was flawed by conflicts of interests and misleading disclosures by the electric car company. Madlin Mekelburg, Fortune, 16 Feb. 2024 Yet, should Austin’s professional role implicitly void his preferences about preserving select personal details as private? Christina S. Beck, STAT, 12 Feb. 2024 Because of this, the Department reasoned, the judge couldn’t void the licensing of mifepristone in 2000. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2024 On Tuesday, a court in Delaware voided a massive $55.8 billion pay package for CEO Elon Musk. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 2 Feb. 2024 Portions of the measure were subsequently voided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Priscella Vega, Los Angeles Times, 29 Jan. 2024 This is Purdy’s second straight NFC Championship Game start, but last year’s quickly was voided by his first-series elbow injury as the host Philadelphia Eagles pulled away for a 31-7 rout. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, 26 Jan. 2024 Political Ties Musk’s political donations in Texas have been modest relative to his fortune, which is valued at $205 billion including the pay package Delaware voided. Bloomberg, The Mercury News, 1 Feb. 2024 The shareholder’s lawyers argued that the compensation package should be voided because it was dictated by Musk and was the product of sham negotiations with directors who were not independent of him. Chicago Tribune, 30 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of void was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Void.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/void. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

void

1 of 3 adjective
1
: containing nothing : empty
void space
2
: being without something specified : devoid
a person void of common sense
3
: of no legal force or effect
a void contract

void

2 of 3 noun
1
: empty space
2
: a feeling of want or hollowness

void

3 of 3 verb
: to make void
void a contract

Medical Definition

void

transitive verb
: to discharge or emit
void urine

intransitive verb

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

Legal Definition

void

1 of 2 adjective
1
: of no force or effect under law
a void marriage
2
voidness noun

void

2 of 2 transitive verb
: to make or declare void
void a contract

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