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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 The state attorney general, however, deemed the seizure to be void under law. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "North Slope Borough to rent Ravn facilities after borough’s seizure deemed unlawful," 15 Apr. 2020 Levandowski says Uber told him the indemnification deal was void because Levandowski hadn't disclosed to Uber his role in creating a lidar startup called Tyto. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Levandowski says Uber must pay his $179 million judgment to Google," 1 Apr. 2020 Campaigns usually collect far more signatures than required in case some turn out to be void. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "Backers of proposed AZ ballot measures ask high court to let them collect signatures online," 2 Apr. 2020 Any attempt to directly or indirectly transfer a cannabis business permit shall be unlawful and void, and shall automatically revoke the permit. chicagotribune.com, "How Sacramento failed to monitor its cannabis storefronts, as the FBI steps in," 22 Oct. 2019 This promotion is subject to federal, state and local regulations and law, and is void where taxed, restricted or prohibited. Detroit Free Press, "Free Press Oscar Derby 2020: Pick the winners for chance at $1,000," 14 Jan. 2020 Deals with void years or complicated incentive structures are trickier this year because of the expiring collective bargaining agreement, so keep it simple. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, "A blueprint to remaking the Patriots," 25 Jan. 2020 The insurers said their obligation was void because the Scouts refused to take effective preventive measures such as warning parents that boys might be abused. CBS News, "Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy due to sex abuse lawsuits," 18 Feb. 2020 But the lab is best known for its anechoic chamber: a room that is completely void of reverberations. Eleanor Cummins, Popular Science, "I built a room so quiet you can hear your own blood," 6 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Can the Colts fill that void (and remember, now there are seven playoff teams per conference)? Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "NFL power rankings: Colts help fill void in AFC," 5 May 2020 To fill the data void, Afshar and colleagues at the University of California-San Francisco have created a nationwide pregnancy registry to track the effects of COVID-19 on pregnant women and their newborns. oregonlive, "Coronavirus complicates pregnancy, births for moms and babies," 4 May 2020 The Federal Reserve has moved to partly fill the void, including opening up dollar liquidity swap lines with Brazil, South Korea and Mexico. Michelle Jamrisko, Bloomberg.com, "Make-or-Break Moment in Virus Fight Could Happen This Week," 29 Apr. 2020 This year, the holiday is void of its typical celebrants. Hannah Rimm, refinery29.com, "6 Budtenders Tell Us What It’s Really Like To Work In Cannabis," 20 Apr. 2020 To fill this void, those of us lucky enough to be inside have binged Tiger King, mastered sourdough, and scheduled Zoom happy hours. Connor Goodwin, The Atlantic, "The Exquisite Pain of Reading in Quarantine," 11 Apr. 2020 Social Distance Powwow has helped fill the void, quickly growing to more than 125,000 members. Felicia Fonseca, The Christian Science Monitor, "Native Americans drum on as uplifting powwows move online," 10 Apr. 2020 To fill the void, economists and policymakers have such as the restaurant-reservation app Open Table, which publishes a of how far sit-down restaurant traffic has fallen relative to last year. Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, "9 charts show why the economy is in such a scary spot," 23 Mar. 2020 Telemetry, streaming through the cislunar void at 50Kbits/second, contained a wealth of information on the spacecraft, most of it not visible to the crew. Frank O’brien, Ars Technica, "A deep dive into the Apollo Guidance Computer, and the hack that saved Apollo 14," 30 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The lack of a resolution would force the Premier League season, alone in Europe, to be voided. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Soccer Arrives at a Fork in the Road," 8 May 2020 The Lightons filed the suit on April 16, asking the court to void the lease with no further rent or costs owed, and are seeking unspecified damages. Anna Claire Vollers | Avollers@al.com, al, "Small business owner sues landlord over lease, citing possible COVID-19 exposure," 24 Apr. 2020 To fill that companionship void last week, the group organized a Zoom video call that included various members of the production crew. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "For San Antonio Spurs’ broadcasters, NBA shutdown means radio (and TV) silence," 18 Apr. 2020 While the 2020 MLS season remains suspended through May 10 and the spread of novel coronavirus persists in the United States, player pay cuts and talk of voiding the 2020 season are embroiling leagues in other countries. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Coronavirus: FC Cincinnati players taking MLS suspension, training moratorium week by week," 28 Mar. 2020 Mayor Mario King placed the town of Moss Point, Mississippi, under a shelter-in-place order, after which Gov. Tate Reeves stepped in and voided it. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "'It’s embarrassing': Mississippi mayor trashes governor for overruling his shelter-in-place order," 27 Mar. 2020 But Judge Baddour ruled that the Confederate group lacked standing to file its initial lawsuit claiming ownership of the statue, and voided the deal. Michael Levenson, New York Times, "Toppled but Not Gone: U.N.C. Grapples Anew With the Fate of Silent Sam," 14 Feb. 2020 Needing three yards, Thomas moves the left side of the line and creates a void large enough for two running backs to slide through. cleveland, "2020 NFL Draft: Breaking down the top tackles who could help the Cleveland Browns at pick No. 10 -- Film Review," 8 Jan. 2020 Small voids formed in the cytoplasm, then coalesced into empty border zones. Quanta Magazine, "Unscrambled Eggs: Self-Organization Restores Cells’ Order," 2 Jan. 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

1 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Void.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/void. Accessed 25 May. 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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