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 In granting the injunction, US District Judge Douglas Woodlock wrote that the automakers are likely to win their lawsuit, which argues that the Massachusetts law conflicts with federal regulations and is therefore void. BostonGlobe.com, "Will carmakers defeat Question 1 in court?," 12 May 2021 Many operating room nurses are currently heading into retirement; this creates an experience void within the facilities. Brian Hudson, Forbes, "The Looming Effect Of Covid-19 On The Future Of Nurse Staffing," 12 May 2021 Boston's uniforms — void of any red — honor the Boston Marathon with the colors that stretch across the finish line of the famous race. Ken Powtak, Star Tribune, "Anderson homers on 1st pitch, White Sox edge Red Sox 3-2," 18 Apr. 2021 What also struck me about listening to Wayne was that his words were void of ideology. Fox News, "George Floyd, Derek Chauvin and Minneapolis' struggle for progress," 30 Mar. 2021 His signing further demonstrates the value of loan deals in the current Spanish market, which has recently been void of expensive, permanent transfers. Henry Flynn, Forbes, "Vinicius Junior Saves Title Chasers Real Madrid On La Liga Week 25," 2 Mar. 2021 And in signing up for their shots, Rick and others like him can also help fill the data void that the clinical trials left, and potentially advance our understanding of how vaccines guard against the virus. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, "Some People’s Bodies Aren’t Set Up for Vaccines," 15 Apr. 2021 The Stanford women have stepped in to fill the joy void. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Move over Warriors, Stanford's got next when it comes to having fun on the court," 4 Apr. 2021 In the event on May 6, void assassin Kha’Zix and his nemesis, a feline creature named Rengar, will hunt and stalk each other, and players get to decide which hunter wins the round. Washington Post, "Everything to know about the new mobile game ‘League of Legends: Wild Rift’," 28 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun My wife did everything for us, and for everyone who knew her has left a void. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "A special Mother's Day recognition for Misty Roseman: 'She did everything for us.'," 8 May 2021 But he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in March, which left a void in these rare instances when an enforcer might be needed. Vincent Z. Mercogliano, USA TODAY, "'Dereliction of duty': New York Rangers rip NHL Department of Player Safety for not suspending Tom Wilson," 4 May 2021 The departure of Donald Trump from the political stage has left a void of sorts in the flow of lurid and dramatic media. Mike O'sullivan, Forbes, "The ESG Paradox - Why Banks Dont Walk The ESG Talk," 7 Apr. 2021 The paper’s prior reduction of coverage of this group a few years ago left a large void. Los Angeles Times, "Letters to sports: Lending a helping hand during a tough time," 19 Mar. 2021 While it cannot be compared to the overwhelming loss of life and economic despair in the United States and elsewhere, the loss of travel over the past year has left a void for many. New York Times, "To Stay or Go? Even With Vaccines, Travel Planning Remains Complicated," 5 Mar. 2021 Donald Trump has left a void in the discourse that is being filled with vapid nonsense. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Dr. Seuss! Mr. Potato Head! Why the Culture Wars Have Never Been Dumber," 4 Mar. 2021 After One Direction's dissolution left a void in the Western pop-music universe, and as millennials and Gen Z clamor for more inclusive, multicultural media, the bilingual CNCO appears primed for mainstream fame. Star Tribune, "New music review: Boy band CNCO covers the right stuff for Latin/pop crossover," 18 Feb. 2021 The Bears' run game hasn’t been great and losing Williams left a huge void. Destine Gibson, Dallas News, "5 takeaways from Baylor’s loss to Texas Tech: Red Raiders spoil Bears' chance to snap losing streak," 14 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As Trammell, Thomas, and DaBaron had all found apartments since the beginning of the legal battle, and were therefore no longer residents of the Lucerne, the West Side Community Organization was attempting to void their appeal. Megan Evershed, The New Republic, "How an Upper West Side Hotel Came to Embody the City’s Failure on Homelessness," 31 Mar. 2021 Students previously experienced issues under ETS’ administration of STAAR in 2016, leading officials to void exams. Emily Donaldson, Dallas News, "Texas education commissioner apologizes for STAAR glitch, says schools could soon have clarity on billions in federal money," 14 Apr. 2021 This sort of stunt will void the warranty, and there’s a chance of things going wrong. Chris Smith, BGR, "M1 Mac RAM and storage can be upgraded, but you shouldn’t do it," 6 Apr. 2021 In March, Seattle released defensive end Carlos Dunlap to get out from under his $14 million cap hit, then re-signed him to a two-year, $13.6 million contract that will void with three years remaining after the 2022 season. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Jarran Reed might have left $4 million ‘on the table’," 4 Apr. 2021 Tom Brady has reached agreement with the Buccaneers on a four-year contract extension with an option to void future years, according to multiple reports. Andrew Mahoney, BostonGlobe.com, "Tom Brady, Buccaneers agree to contract extension, per reports," 12 Mar. 2021 Mayorga's lawsuit claims conspiracy, defamation, breach of contract, coercion and fraud and seeks to void the 2010 deal. Ken Ritter, Star Tribune, "Ruling keeps Ronaldo hush-money case with US judge in Nevada," 8 Feb. 2021 Cushman submitted an affidavit about election fraud in a lawsuit that sought to stop the certification of the Wayne County's election results, void the Nov. 3 election and order a new one. Ashley Nerbovig, Detroit Free Press, "United by disinformation, Trump's supporters share dueling accounts of Jan. 6 insurrection," 10 Jan. 2021 At no point on the field is skill, savvy, and speed more at premium than when a set of defensive backs is attempting to void or shut off the highly perfected and executed pass plays of an attacking professional football team. Jerry Nason, BostonGlobe.com, "Super Bowl I arrived with a splash back in 1967," 17 Jan. 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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14 May 2021

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“Void.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/void. Accessed 16 May. 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.
\ 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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