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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The beautiful thing about that is out of that void come all the people who truly want to engage with you and want to embrace your most authentic self. Matthew Schneier, New York Times, "Lee Pace Came Out Seven Times a Week. Then He Came Out for Real.," 4 June 2018 The result is an overwhelming claustrophobia, even in the middle of a punishing void. Asher Elbein, The Atlantic, "The Terror Is More Than a Chilling Monster Show," 1 May 2018 When Atreus is not looking, Kratos reaches toward him and pauses, aware of a void in their relationship, but incapable of filling it, and deals with the consequences of his emotional failure throughout the game. Joshua Rivera, GQ, "God of War," 20 Apr. 2018 Marla, meanwhile, is hoping to fill the last part of her void. The Washington Post, AL.com, "Tuskegee airman's remains possibly found in Austria after 73 years," 9 Apr. 2018 Andrews, meanwhile, is hoping to fill the last part of her void. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "After 73 years, the remains of a Tuskegee airman lost over Europe may have been found," 8 Apr. 2018 Kubrick terrified us with the imposing silence of the void. Brian P. Kelly, WSJ, "‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ at 50: A Quiet Film Still Makes a Big Bang," 6 Apr. 2018 That night, April 4, though, the elder Booth spoke to his family of the void that King's death would create. Mark Curnutte, Cincinnati.com, "`To Paul, For whom I wish a great future.' King lives on in 1964 message to Paul Booth," 3 Apr. 2018 With Cedrick Wilson having graduated and likely to be drafted next month, there is a lot of opportunity for the sophomores to take a step up and fill part of the void left by Wilson’s 83 receptions, 1,511 yards and seven touchdowns. Dave Southorn, idahostatesman, "Boise State sophomore receivers ready to convert practice promise into game-day plays | Idaho Statesman," 26 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Starter Bashaud Breeland also remains a free agent after his deal with the Carolina Panthers was voided by a failed physical. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "Ex-Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick agrees to deal with Redskins, per report," 19 Mar. 2018 Universal Music Group is challenging Malu Trevejo's recent attempt to void her contract, claiming the label's agreements were with a corporation owned by the teenage singer's mother, not her directly, and represented by her attorney. Leila Cobo, Billboard, "UMG Counters Malu Trevejo's Effort to Void Contract, Says Deal Was With Corporate Entity," 6 July 2018 That court denied Yelp’s request to void the removal order because it was not involved in that case. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "Yelp Doesn't Have to Remove Defamatory Review, California Supreme Court Rules," 2 July 2018 Moldova's top court affirmed a decision to void the results of a June 3 runoff between two mayoral candidates in Chisinau. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "Moldovan prime minister says his government is victim in election chaos that blocked rival from office," 27 June 2018 The move followed a similar vote last month by the Senate to void the antidiscrimination guidance and the resolution to strike down the rule will now go to President Trump, who is expected to sign off on it. New York Times, "House Votes to Dismantle Bias Rule in Auto Lending," 8 May 2018 University of North Carolina’s chancellor has also urged trustees to void its tribute to Cosby given in 2003. Dawn Rhodes, chicagotribune.com, "Northwestern University trustees to consider rescinding Bill Cosby's honorary degree," 2 May 2018 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

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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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