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

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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

Launched in 1977, Voyager 2 has covered over 11 billion miles (18 billion kilometers) on its journey into the void. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Voyager 2 Enters Interstellar Space," 10 Dec. 2018 John McCain's passing leaves a void both in the Senate, perhaps in the national political conservation. Fox News, "Bill Bennett on McCain, warts and all," 27 Aug. 2018 Roby steps into the void left by Talib’s departure for the Los Angeles Rams and brings a quietly great résumé and experience as a slot and boundary corner to the role. Robert Klemko, SI.com, "AFC West Offseason Report Cards: Chiefs Reload, Chargers Poised for a Run, Keenum Holds Broncos’ Fate, Gruden Goes Veteran-Heavy," 27 June 2018 But the summit has quieted down over the past few days, as tons of rubble shaken loose from the interior walls of the crater have fallen into the void and plugged up the bottom of the vent. Author: Terray Sylvester, Anchorage Daily News, "Three people trapped by lava airlifted to safety near Hawaii volcano," 4 June 2018 Image Leaping into the void left by the West gives Chinese companies a way to promote their brands globally — and to flaunt their patriotism. New York Times, "China Won’t Play in This World Cup. It Still Hopes to Profit.," 30 May 2018 The forward dismissed from the Texas program two years ago figures to inject some offense into the void left by Sexton and Key. Michael Casagrande, AL.com, "Why Alabama basketball thinks people 'underestimate' next team," 1 May 2018 Businessman and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has once again offered to step into the void left by the United States when President Donald Trump withdrew from the Paris climate agreement. Hallie Detrick, Fortune, "Michael Bloomberg Is Footing $4.5 Million of the U.S.'s Paris Agreement Bill," 23 Apr. 2018 Stepping into the void, the nonprofit Proyecto Fronterizo de Educacion Ambiental has been conducting its own regular monitoring of water quality at five points along the Tijuana shoreline since 2014, posting the results through the Swim Guide app. Sandra Dibble, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Tijuana sewage spills have been an environmental problem for decades so what's the solution?," 25 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Judge Drain on Thursday declined to void the sale transaction outright, which some swaps holders had been seeking, claiming the auction was unfairly skewed in favor of Cyrus. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Sears’s $82.5 Million Note Sale to Cyrus Is Thrown Into Doubt," 20 Dec. 2018 Regional Trial Court Judge Andres Bartolome Soriano denied the government’s petition to have opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV arrested after Duterte voided his 2011 amnesty for his role in past mutinies as a former navy officer. Jim Gomez, The Seattle Times, "Philippine court rejects Duterte bid to have critic arrested," 22 Oct. 2018 Trillanes who remained holed up in his office for three weeks now after President Rodrigo Duterte voided an amnesty given to the former rebel military officer, willingly went with police to post bail. Jim Gomez, Fox News, "Philippine president's fiercest critic arrested, posts bail," 25 Sep. 2018 Make sure to incorporate any specific manufacturer instructions into your plans, especially if not doing so voids the product warranty. Steve Willson, Popular Mechanics, "How To Install An Electric Water Heater," 24 Aug. 2018 The eight Ellington families named in the lawsuit are asking the court to void the notices. Perry Stein, Washington Post, "D.C.’s Ellington families sue city following investigation that found widespread enrollment fraud.," 21 May 2018 In that lawsuit, Manafort contends Mueller has exceeded his legal authority and is asking to void the Justice Department's appointment of him. Spencer S. Hsu, chicagotribune.com, "Ex-Trump campaign chair Manafort escalates challenge to Mueller indictment," 27 Mar. 2018 The bill's author, Rep. Timothy Wesco, introduced an amendment voiding his own bill, surprising the law enforcement officers who came to a committee meeting to testify against the proposal due to safety concerns. Indystar, Indianapolis Star, "Hoosier Politics: How Indiana could take driver-less cars for a ride," 24 Jan. 2018 So in essence, either Grindelwald is lying, or Rowling is completely voiding the canonical timeline — or else there’s some other plot twist afoot that has to explain this plot twist. Aja Romano, Vox, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’s bonkers plot twist, explained," 17 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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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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