\ ˈvȯid How to pronounce void (audio) \

Definition of void

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

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

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 By the first hour of the afternoon, with most of the players yet to complete their round, the first tee was void of players, volunteers, or staff, leaving few signs that a professional tournament was in progress a few holes ahead. Greg Luca, ExpressNews.com, "With field trimmed and fans barred, TPC San Antonio remains quiet through Korn Ferry Tour event," 11 July 2020 Starting with the first, very limited case reports from China, there’s been a deluge of studies seeking to fill the information void about COVID-19 and pregnancy. Nina Martin, ProPublica, "Agonizing Lag in Coronavirus Research Puts Pregnant Women and Babies at Risk," 6 July 2020 Clay County Judge Michael McHaney sided with a GOP legislature on the matter earlier this week, stating that Pritzker’s orders became void on April 8. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Brett Kavanaugh declines request from Illinois Republicans to permit large political rallies amid coronavirus," 4 July 2020 However, on Saturday, Beijing revealed that the new law will trump local Hong Kong law whenever there is a conflict, meaning the territory's unique civil liberties are essentially void in national security cases. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump is taking the 2020 election to a dark place," 26 June 2020 Entries received from any person, email address, or Twitter account in excess of the stated limitation will be void. Ew Staff, EW.com, "EW Irresistible Twitter Watch Party Sweepstakes official rules," 24 June 2020 Wearing masks in businesses was a requirement Jenkins issued back in early May, but Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton responded on May 12 with a letter to Jenkins saying his ruling was void. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins: Record cases of coronavirus, rising hospitalizations are like an iceberg," 18 June 2020 Do not operate Spot in any such environment; our warranty of Spot becomes void upon any such operation. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Boston Dynamics now sells a robot dog to the public, starting at $74,500," 17 June 2020 The Health and Human Services announcement last week removing explicit protections for trans people, for example, could be essentially void. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "A Glimpse of a Trans Future," 16 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Photographers knelt awkwardly before the testimony table, pointing their lenses at the empty witness chair, perhaps taking symbolic, meme-worthy photos of its void. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "There’s No Escaping Tech," 30 July 2020 The Mavericks will resume play with less depth at center after Willie Cauley-Stein, a late-January trade addition to help fill Dwight Powell’s void, opted out of the restart. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "10 questions the Mavs face before NBA restart: Will Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis’ chemistry return?," 3 July 2020 That’s the void into which Smyser is launching Stronger. Megan Molteni, Wired, "Can a Keyboard Crusade Stem the Vaccine Infodemic?," 15 June 2020 At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, non-medical face masks were hard to come by, but luckily, many fashion companies have started producing sleek, functional, and reusable options to fill the void. Rebecca Carhart, Travel + Leisure, "This Celeb-approved Golf Brand Launched Antimicrobial, Quick-drying Face Masks — and They’re Only $10 Each," 11 July 2020 At a time when there's a void left by Steven Universe (which ended in March) and She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (which ended in May), this already seems to tick a lot of the same boxes. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Netflix orders queer-friendly DeadEndia animated kids series with Beetlejuice musical star," 2 July 2020 Meanwhile, other advertisers stepped in to fill the void and take advantage of cheaper prices. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "The Facebook ad boycott is starting to rattle investors," 29 June 2020 Their goal is to close the void that has been around for ages and provide a forum to demonstrate that the brewing world is an welcoming place for all people. Shacamree Gowdy, Houston Chronicle, "Urban South HTX donating all proceeds from 'Black is Beautiful' beer to Black Lives Matter: Houston," 9 July 2020 After Thursday’s ruling his COVID-19 restrictions beyond April 8 void for going beyond the initial 30-day executive authority, Pritzker released a statement encouraging businesses to keep following his orders. Greg Bishop, Washington Examiner, "Illinois yet to file appeal in Clay County case amid lingering COVID-19 lawsuits," 7 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Group of Five and FCS teams would especially be affected if the SEC were to void non-conference games. Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY, "More than $100 million at stake if other Power 5 schools eliminate non-conference games," 11 July 2020 This idea is related to his belief in nullification theory, which is the idea that a state can void federal laws. Christian K. Anderson, The Conversation, "Authorities are yanking the legacy of slaveholder John C. Calhoun from public sphere, but his bigotry remains embedded in American society," 26 June 2020 In North Carolina, a judge ruled in February to void a prior settlement that granted the Silent Sam Confederate monument and $2.5 million to the Sons of the Confederate Veterans. al, "Mobile mayor, Confederate descendants battle over monument’s fate," 17 June 2020 To use a particular parking lot, for example, the city may need to void a parking contract with a business or other agency, which would likely incur penalties. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco comes up with list of 42 potential safe homeless campsites," 3 June 2020 The conditions include surrendering any guns, voiding their firearm permits, not working in law enforcement, and avoiding contact with Floyd's family. Harold Maass, TheWeek, "10 things you need to know today: June 5, 2020," 5 June 2020 Lawyers for 10 churches and a nonprofit advocacy group filed new arguments Friday saying the state’s high court should affirm a rural county judge’s injunction that voided Gov. Kate Brown’s emergency coronavirus orders. oregonlive, "Attorneys for 10 churches urge state Supreme Court to uphold injunction against Oregon governor’s coronavirus orders," 23 May 2020 While the roof wasn’t leaking, the buyer’s legal team said the improper installation voided the roof’s warranty. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "When should you back out of buying a house?," 12 May 2020 The Panthers released Newton on March 24, voiding the final season of his five-year, $103.8 million contract, which would have paid him $18.6 million for the 2020 season. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Listen to Carolina Panthers fan’s tribute song to Cam Newton," 1 Apr. 2020

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

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Last Updated

24 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Void.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/void. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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
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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.
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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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Legal Definition of void

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of no force or effect under law a void marriage

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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