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 Many, but not all, courts have determined that this means a two-month notice period is void, and have then reduced the notice period to one month. Kelly Klein, Star Tribune, 9 July 2021 Online communication isn’t completely void of non-verbal language. Melissa Eisler, Forbes, 24 June 2021 Pizza, playful in nature and its all-around lovableness, should have an element of ease to its construction and should be void of nervous expectation. Rebecca White, Dallas News, 16 June 2021 One of the first steps to coming up with a business concept is to look at where there is a void or identify what problems need to be solved. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, 8 June 2021 And if the mandate is void, what happens to the rest of the law? Brian Mcgill, WSJ, 7 June 2021 This lack of data on homeless deaths is a void a growing number of groups are trying to fill. Usha Lee Mcfarling, STAT, 14 Mar. 2021 Luke Voit was hit with a fastball, but the Yankees were otherwise void of runners against Gilbert. Tim Booth, Star Tribune, 8 July 2021 America is void of a middle-distance female track and field star. Tyler Dragon, USA TODAY, 26 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Turner and a healthy Dezmond Tell will fill the void at nose. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, 24 July 2021 The Afghan air force can only provide a fraction of the coverage American warplanes once gave, so Afghan ground forces are used to fill the void. BostonGlobe.com, 23 July 2021 The Afghan air force can only provide a fraction of the coverage American warplanes once gave, so Afghan ground forces are used to fill the void. Washington Post, 22 July 2021 Alexander could help fill the void if the Tigers decide to stretch him out. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 18 July 2021 Chatwin, a former potter who had to give the artform up because of arthritis, took up weaving to fill the void. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, 18 July 2021 BlackPlanet and MySpace failed to fill the void, and Facebook didn’t quite capture the essence of real-time communication. Jason Parham, Wired, 15 July 2021 Some channels attempted to fill the void with artificial crowd noise, which only amplified the emptiness, as the rise and fall of the fake cheers rarely matched what was happening on the field. Clint Smith, The Atlantic, 2 July 2021 With Trae Young sidelined by an unusual injury, Lou Williams and a host of Hawks stepped up to fill the void, leading Atlanta to a 110-88 rout of the Bucks in Game 4 to even the Eastern Conference finals Tuesday night. Paul Newberry, Star Tribune, 30 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The city’s effort to void the Ash Street and Civic Center Plaza contracts will be decided in court. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 July 2021 Mayorga wants to void the deal and collect at least $200,000 more from Ronaldo, according to court documents filed by Stovall. Ken Ritter, Star Tribune, 2 June 2021 In Indianapolis and Marion County, restrictions are still in place after state legislators voted to void all local coronavirus restrictions. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, 13 May 2021 Indianapolis city officials moved quickly to keep the current Marion County public health orders in place Monday night, just hours after legislators voted to void all local coronavirus restrictions. Amelia Pak-harvey, The Indianapolis Star, 11 May 2021 The Supreme Court turned aside a third major attempt to void the Affordable Care Act. Los Angeles Times, 18 June 2021 Not all Republican officials supported the lawsuit’s attempt to void the whole law. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, 17 June 2021 The opponents are challenging the wetlands permit in federal court and hope a decision by the appeals court to void the Minnesota agency's certification will help strengthen their case against the federal permit. Mohamed Ibrahim, Star Tribune, 10 June 2021 James stayed away from offseason workouts per the NFLPA’s advice and tore his Achilles’ working out on his own, allowing the Broncos to void his $10 million salary and release him May 14. BostonGlobe.com, 22 May 2021

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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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25 Jul 2021

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“Void.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/void. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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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.

void

transitive verb
\ 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

void

transitive verb

Legal Definition of void (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or declare void void a contract

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