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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The organization claims the law conflicts with newer ones and so should be void. Arkansas Online, 2 July 2022 The tickets are void if resold and are non-transferable. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 13 June 2022 All Entries made through any robotic, automatic, mechanical, programmed, or similar entry duplication method are void. Outside Online, 3 June 2022 Lottery tickets are void if resold and tickets are non-transferable. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 27 May 2022 Most alliance officials agree the pact is void not only because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine but because the Kremlin has stationed Russian troops in Belarus, within easy menacing distance of Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital. Missy Ryan, Washington Post, 17 May 2022 Much to the Packers’ delight, though, Robert Brooks emerged as a star, several other players filled the void Sharpe left behind, and by the time the 1996 season ended, Green Bay was Super Bowl champions. Rob Reischel, Forbes, 7 July 2022 The committee announced that the day’s hearing would start late — and its staff got to work filling the programming void. Josh Dawsey, Washington Post, 23 June 2022 Time may be on their side: the claims only become void three years on from the payment date, according to the bond documents. Giulia Morpurgo, Fortune, 27 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This created a growth opportunity for competitors in the resale space such as the newly public Vivid Seats along with SeatGeek, TickPick, GameTime and others who filled the void along with industry stalwart Ticketmaster. Eric Fuller, Forbes, 31 July 2022 But the newspaper filled a void for Pine Ridge citizens. New York Times, 28 July 2022 For those who just couldn’t wait the 155 days before the arrival of Christmas, the city of Cleveland and Downtown Cleveland Alliance filled the void with a Christmas in July celebration at North Coast Harbor Saturday. Joshua Gunter, cleveland, 24 July 2022 But for those interested in watching a young shooting guard with elite athleticism, Johnson filled the void. oregonlive, 21 July 2022 In June, the Game Awards founder Geoff Keighley filled the void with his annual Summer Game Fest showcase, which will also return in 2023. Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2022 With regular starter Antonio Carlos slowly coming back from a hamstring injury and questionable for Friday’s game, outside back Kyle Smith has filled that void in the defense. Mike Gramajo, Orlando Sentinel, 23 June 2022 While the closure of cinemas due to the COVID-19 pandemic had a strong impact on theatrical distribution abroad, SVOD platforms and linear TV channels have filled the void. Lise Pedersen, Variety, 17 June 2022 Two of the most fervent regulars have been out of town proselytizing in Ukraine, and a quieter bunch — mostly retirees — has filled the void. Hanna Krueger, BostonGlobe.com, 14 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The suit asks the court to void the House 25 race results but does not seek specific relief beyond what. Doug Thompson, Arkansas Online, 14 June 2022 In light of this latest transgression, many are asking if the Sharks could successfully void Kane’s contract. Eric Macramalla, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 Tri Star has moved to quash or void the subpoenas requesting that information. Los Angeles Times, 5 July 2022 The lawsuit seeks an injunction and for the court to void and repeal the law. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 24 June 2022 The lawsuit, which was originally filed in Nevada's Clark County District Court, sought to void the original settlement and secure an additional $200,000 in damages, arguing that Mayorga was coerced into signing a nondisclosure agreement. Glenn Garner, PEOPLE.com, 11 June 2022 The Postal Service will return these ballots to the division, which will void the ballot and update the voter’s information. Iris Samuels, Anchorage Daily News, 7 May 2022 And the question is, who fills that void from a recruiting perspective? Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, 5 Apr. 2022 The city is asking a judge to void the contracts and award damages and other costs. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 June 2022 See More

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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
\ 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

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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