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

Choose the Right Synonym for void

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

This Promotion is void outside the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and where prohibited. 3. Kwasi Boadi, Billboard, ""The Crowd Control Contest" Sponsored by Billboard, a division of MRC Media, LLC ("Sponsor")," 24 Aug. 2019 Finally, the two void years have oddly specific salaries, considering Brady will never earn them: $30 million in 2020, and $32 million in 2021. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, "Tom Brady’s contract works both ways," 12 Aug. 2019 Into the void steps a talented redshirt freshman from Laguna Hills, Calif., a former four-star recruit who spurned fellow finalists Michigan and UCLA. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Six breakout candidates for Notre Dame football," 31 July 2019 But according to multiple media reports Monday, the final two years of the contract are actually void. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, "Did the Patriots really use Tom Brady’s contract extension to troll the Falcons?," 6 Aug. 2019 No measure of my regret comes close to soothing the pain of loss experienced by the family, and nothing Metro can provide fills the void our organization has created. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Metro says fatal Westlake Avenue bus-pedestrian crash was preventable, agrees to $7.7M settlement," 26 Oct. 2018 Instead of jumping the gun, relax and rejuvenate yourself on Sunday, as the Moon is void-of-course until early evening. Venus Australis, refinery29.com, "Your Horoscope This Week," 15 July 2019 The Marvel presentation will not be entirely void of familiar faces. Matt Donnelly, chicagotribune.com, "What to expect from Marvel’s Comic-Con presentation -- and why it’s so pivotal," 14 July 2019 Conversely, agents representing themselves void E&O insurance. Pat Kapowich, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Should sellers listen to their gut on no-contingency deal with buyer/agent?," 11 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Bank loans aren’t growing fast enough to fill the void left by shadow financiers, which Beijing is still curtailing. Washington Post, "China’s Weapons of Wealth Destruction," 18 Sep. 2019 Ted Karras, trying to fill the void left by David Andrews, did a fine job blocking, though his shotgun snaps had a little bit of hang time. BostonGlobe.com, "Thirty-three thoughts on the Patriots’ 33-3 win over the Steelers . . .," 10 Sep. 2019 Can center Brian Allen and guard Joe Noteboom fill the voids left by the departures of John Sullivan and Rodger Saffold, respectively? Los Angeles Times, "Rams vs. Panthers: How the teams match up," 8 Sep. 2019 The company is not rushing to fill a void left by politicians—a kind of corporate Cincinnatus leaving behind its blue vest to rescue a polarized society. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Political Overreaction to Walmart’s P.R. Strategy," 5 Sep. 2019 Is Elena looking for a surrogate son that could fill the void left by Ivan? Boyd Van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Madre': Film Review | Venice 2019," 30 Aug. 2019 Now, with a project called Crapzine, Insulander is filling the void left by the absence of a Spring 2020 fashion week in the Swedish capital. Vogue, "With Crapzine, Christopher Insulander Steps Into the Void of the Cancelled Stockholm Fashion Week," 26 Aug. 2019 The defensive line will also have to fill the massive void left by Christian Wilkins, Dexter Lawrence, Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant. Chaunte'l Powell, orlandosentinel.com, "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 2 Clemson pushes for return to playoff title game," 22 Aug. 2019 The nationalizing movements aim to fill the void left by the decline or disappearance not just of industrial jobs, but of the healthy communities that grew up around the factories. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Neither Left nor Right Has Proper Remedy for America’s Illness," 7 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Some automakers warn that car warranties would be voided if motorists use E15. Washington Post, "How Trump (and Iowa) Changed How You Fuel Your Car," 18 Sep. 2019 The special election was a do-over of the November 2018 midterm election which was voided over allegations of ballot fraud. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: What to look for in Thursday's Democratic debate," 11 Sep. 2019 But after a Baltimore Sun reporter asked the city about the status of the citation, the department said it was voided. baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore man fined $500 for illegally dumping a package he says was stolen. What to do if it happens to you.," 10 Sep. 2019 Another was voided when a zealous supporter, acting without the candidate’s or employer’s knowledge, parked two employer trailers at a polling site, then plastered them with campaign signage. Jonathan Handel, Los Angeles Times, "Film school’s ties with Matthew Modine face scrutiny in heated SAG-AFTRA election," 21 Aug. 2019 There is thus a very good chance, based on the Constitution’s guarantee against double jeopardy, that the SDNY case against Epstein will be voided by the SD-Florida non-prosecution agreement (non-pros). Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Acosta’s Sweetheart Deal Likely to Foreclose Epstein’s SDNY Prosecution," 13 July 2019 Martinez has filled the David Ortiz void in the lineup, and no one needs a reminder of how large that void was. BostonGlobe.com, "And we thought the February 2017 firing of Claude Julien by the Bruins just as the champion Patriots were making their way down Boylston Street on duck boats was a clumsy attempt at a news dump.," 11 Sep. 2019 The district received a black eye this year when state officials voided its 2018 election, which McCready lost by 900 votes to then-GOP candidate Mark Harris. Alan Fram, chicagotribune.com, "Republican Dan Bishop narrowly wins special election for North Carolina congressional seat that was subject of allegations of ballot tampering last year," 10 Sep. 2019 The departure of so many starters—and scorers—leaves a large load for Washington’s underclassmen to carry this season, but the incoming class should fill most of Washington’s voids well. Emily Caron, SI.com, "Jaden McDaniels Brings High Expectations, Potential to New-Look Washington," 9 Sep. 2019

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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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