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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

It was supposed to fill the Memorial Day weekend void left by Sasquatch! Music Festival’s cancellation. Michael Rietmulder, The Seattle Times, "End of the Rainbow, Sasquatch replacement festival, ‘postponed indefinitely’," 25 Mar. 2019 So why let there be a white-space void to confront in the first place? Rachel Z. Arndt, Popular Mechanics, "Why You Should Ditch Microsoft Word for NotePad," 8 Mar. 2019 As more people veer away from high-calorie sodas and diet drinks with artificial sugars, new beverage brands are filing the void by turning out festive, healthful — and even exotic — drinks. Kavita Daswani, latimes.com, "Fourth of July BBQ draaaanks that won't blow your diet," 29 June 2018 To help fill the void, Ana Navarro has stepped in to offer up her opinions throughout the week, in addition to her usual Friday appearances. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Where Is Whoopi Goldberg? 'The View' Fans Are Starting to Get Worried About Her," 21 Feb. 2019 Mass-merchant retailers, which stepped in to fill the void, weren’t able to carry as much inventory as the specialty toy retailer over the holidays. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Toys ‘R’ Dust: Mattel’s Bizarre Warning," 15 Feb. 2019 While Kenseth ultimately returned on a part-time basis and Patrick competed in the Daytona 500, trying to fill the void left by those notable names has been one of the biggest talking points surrounding NASCAR this year. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "NASCAR mid-season superlatives, like Daytona 500, are not without controversy," 7 June 2018 Also helping fill that void now is a support group for veterans held each Wednesday night at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Valparaiso. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Memorial run named after soldier who suffered from PTSD to bring attention to veteran suicides," 20 Apr. 2018 That void is exactly what the actors set out to change with the film. Kt Hawbaker, chicagotribune.com, "Amy Schumer and Aidy Bryant want 'I Feel Pretty' to spark a body revolution," 19 Apr. 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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