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

If a deal isn’t done by then, the contract would be void. Dan Brechlin, courant.com, "UConn is moving to the Big East, so what happens next?," 1 July 2019 Yet, as Klein detailed in his complaint on behalf of Williamson, the contract could be viewed as unenforceable and void if the court regards it as in violation of the UAAA. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Analyzing the $100 Million Lawsuit Against Zion Williamson and CAA," 20 June 2019 Into that void steps Warren Smith and Landon Donovan, who on Wednesday announced plans to bring a second-division United Soccer League team to San Diego at USD’s Torero Stadium, starting in either 2020 or 2021. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Second-division USL soccer team coming to San Diego," 19 June 2019 All subsequent Ballots from any person, if detected by Sponsor, will be void, and Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify that voter and all votes submitted by that voter. Baltimore Sun, baltimoresun.com, "Official rules: Howard Best Restaurants Readers’ Choice Poll 2019," 3 June 2019 This Promotion is void outside the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and where prohibited or restricted by law. 3. HOW TO ENTER. Billboard, "Crowd Control Sweepstakes Sponsored by Billboard, a division of Prometheus Global Media, LLC ("Sponsor")," 9 June 2019 Without that scrim, all is void; one long drop, without a single surface to claw at or reference, as much in our own eyes as in the abyss. Lisa Wells, Harper's magazine, "Nightmares at 20,000 Feet," 10 Apr. 2019 This Promotion is void outside the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and where prohibited or restricted by law. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Pride Summer Concert Sweepstakes Rules," 3 June 2019 PlatformLocation},{type:void 0,decorators:[{type:i. Car and Driver, "No title," 18 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

New general manager David Griffin then dumped the anchor-like contract of Solomon Hill to swap picks with the Hawks, signed veteran shooter J.J. Redick, and added the steady Favors to fill the void in the paint. Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s why the Celtics made the right call in hiring Kara Lawson," 6 July 2019 Meanwhile, several states have enacted laws to fill what many see as a void in the federal oversight of companies the Education Department pays nearly $1 billion to handle debt payments. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Court rules student loan companies are subject to state consumer laws, contrary to Trump administration’s stance," 29 June 2019 Destination Tomorrow, a nonprofit with transgender leadership, opened its office almost a year ago to fill a void in the Bronx left by the closure of the borough’s previous L.G.B.T.Q. center. New York Times, "For Young People of Color, a Safe L.G.B.T.Q. Space in the Bronx," 29 June 2019 For me, making these products is not just filling a void in the marketplace, but is also providing varied, authentic, and relevant forms of presentation and expression. Teen Vogue, "Otherwild Owner Rachel Berks Explains Why We Need Better Clothing Options for Nonbinary and Gender Nonconforming People," 21 June 2019 This program will fill a void in town services, which currently only offers yard waste collection services three times a year — once each in April, May and June. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "West Hartford modifies recycling schedule, adds yard waste collection," 17 June 2019 Will the Diamondbacks seek help outside the organization to fill the void in their starting rotation? Richard Morin, azcentral, "After failed Archie Bradley experiment, where can Diamondbacks turn for rotation help?," 16 June 2019 Buy stuff to fill in voids in your beds and plantings. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "I insisted on keeping a tight grip on the garden. Then I let my wife help.," 6 June 2019 Digital First Media’s bid comes as Gannett faces voids in its top ranks. Cara Lombardo, WSJ, "Hedge-Fund-Backed Media Group Makes Bid for Gannett," 14 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Frank Meza, whose result in the 2019 Los Angeles Marathon was voided by race officials this week following a review of video from the race, has died. Nathan Fenno, latimes.com, "Frank Meza, 70-year-old marathoner accused of cheating, found dead in L.A. River," 5 July 2019 Reviving non-delegation doctrine would put many of these regulations at risk of being voided by the courts. Scott Lemieux, Vox, "5 takeaways from the Supreme Court’s just-ended term," 29 June 2019 Judge Keith Philips of the Eastern District of Virginia awarded the $2 million to workers who had been told they would receive severance at the start of the bankruptcy as part of a benefit package that was then voided during the legal proceedings. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Toys R Us' bankruptcy lawyers get $56 million while laid-off workers get $2 million," 28 June 2019 Prosecutors said a violation of the Crime Victims' Rights Act does not allow for the agreement to be voided. Curt Anderson, sun-sentinel.com, "Once-secret Jeffrey Epstein sex offender deal must stand, feds say," 26 June 2019 Prosecutors said a violation of the Crime Victims' Rights Act does not allow for the agreement to be voided. NBC News, "Jeffrey Epstein's once-secret sex offender plea deal must stand, prosecutors say," 25 June 2019 The prosecutors also said voiding the plea deal might jeopardize the restitution money that Epstein paid them under its terms. Curt Anderson, sun-sentinel.com, "Once-secret Jeffrey Epstein sex offender deal must stand, feds say," 26 June 2019 Both companies, however, strongly recommend against actually submerging your phone—and both will void your warranty if the phone suffers liquid damage. David Pierce, WSJ, "Your Phone Isn’t Actually Waterproof—But These Other Devices Are," 23 June 2019 Assuming Davis declines to void $4M trade bonus, this leaves Lakers with $23.7M in space. Andrew Lopez, nola.com, "Pelicans-Lakers trade to be executed on July 6: report," 16 June 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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