\ ˈvȯid How to pronounce void (audio) \

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 Cooke’s black-velvet vocals play a large part in the song’s call-of-the-void appeal, with strategically stretched-out syllables that create a swirling vortex in their delivery. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "First Spin: The Week's Best New Dance Tracks From Major Lazer, Camelphat, The Chainsmokers & More," 8 Nov. 2019 Defense attorneys asked Hazel to dismiss the other gun charge on different grounds, arguing the underlying statute is unconstitutionally vague on its face and therefore void. Michael Kunzelman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Judge refuses to toss Coast Guard officer’s gun charges," 20 Sep. 2019 Defense attorneys asked Hazel to dismiss the other gun charge on different grounds, arguing the underlying statute is unconstitutionally vague on its face and therefore void. Washington Post, "Judge refuses to toss Coast Guard officer’s gun charges," 20 Sep. 2019 Signage, decor, invitations, and more are directional or ornamental, keep them simple and void of excess verbiage. Heather Hall, Harper's BAZAAR, "50 Inspiring Quotes on Love, Life, and Marriage for Your Wedding Day," 30 Oct. 2019 Since July 1, 2012, when the Florida law changed, ex-spouse beneficiary designations are automatically void when the divorce is final and a new beneficiary form must be completed after the final divorce if the ex-spouse is to be the beneficiary. orlandosentinel.com, "Ask an Expert: Hotline provides answers about retirement, investing and more," 24 Oct. 2019 The Sweepstakes shall be void where prohibited by law and is subject to applicable federal, state and local laws. chicagotribune.com, "Universal Orlando Resort 2019 Getaway Sweepstakes Rules," 22 Oct. 2019 The Sweepstakes shall be void where prohibited by law and is subject to applicable federal, state and local laws. courant.com, "Universal Orlando Resort™ 2019 Getaway Sweepstakes Rules," 2 Oct. 2019 This Promotion is void outside the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and where prohibited. 3. Kwasi Boadi, Billboard, ""The Crowd Control Contest" Sponsored by Billboard, a division of MRC Media, LLC ("Sponsor")," 24 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Portland signed future Hall of Famer Carmelo Anthony this week to fill the void left by Collins, but while Anthony has been another threat on offense for the Blazers, he has never been known for his defense. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Offensive rebounding, second chance points continue to be big issue for Portland Trail Blazers," 22 Nov. 2019 But many other look-alikes, in flavors like chai and melon, have sprung up to fill the void left by Juul’s actions. BostonGlobe.com, "WASHINGTON — It was a swift and bold reaction to a growing public health crisis affecting teenagers. Seated in the Oval Office in September, President Donald Trump said he was moving to ban the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes as vaping among young people continued to rise.," 18 Nov. 2019 To make a spot for Scrabrough on the 53-player active roster, Detroit released Paul Perkins, one of the running backs trying to fill the void left by Kerryon Johnson’s knee injury. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Bo Scarbrough poised to make NFL debut on Sunday," 17 Nov. 2019 Defense Secretary Mark Esper visited the Iraqi capital on Wednesday, a day after Russia and Turkey reached an agreement that would send their forces along nearly the entire northeastern border to fill the void left when U.S. forces left. Aamer Madhani, chicagotribune.com, "President Trump lifts sanctions on Turkey, says cease-fire permanent as the U.S. winds down its military commitment," 23 Oct. 2019 Turkey and Russia reached an agreement Tuesday that would transform the map of northeast Syria, installing their forces along the border and filling the void left by the abrupt withdrawal of U.S. troops. Fox News, "Trump to give statement on Syria pullout amid bipartisan criticism, hopes for border 'safe zone'," 23 Oct. 2019 Meanwhile, Russia and Turkey reached an agreement on Tuesday that would deploy their forces across nearly its entire northeastern border to fill the void left by President Donald Trump’s abrupt withdrawal of U.S. forces. Washington Post, "Esper arrives in Baghdad to discuss US troop deployments," 23 Oct. 2019 At its inception five years ago, the new Cleveland Ballet vowed to be a great company for a great city, to fill the void left by its predecessor. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Ballet leaps over expectations with unconventional new ‘Carmen’," 21 Oct. 2019 Already the strongest foreign power operating in Syria, the Kremlin's influence will likely grow following the US withdrawal, with Russian troops filling the void left by the Americans. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "Russian military police are now patrolling the line between Syrian and Turkish forces," 15 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb His conviction was voided because of what an appeals court ruled was incompetent legal representation. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Ed Cray, Biographer of Woody Guthrie and Earl Warren, Dies at 86," 30 Oct. 2019 The club fined Brown $215,073.53 for conduct detrimental to the team, ESPN reported Saturday morning, a move that voided $29,125 million worth of guarantee money in his contract. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Raiders fine Antonio Brown, void guarantees; he wants his release: report," 7 Sep. 2019 Brown was released by the Raiders Saturday morning after the Raiders fined him and then voided the $29 million in guaranteed money in Brown’s contract after his confrontation with general manager Mike Mayock. oregonlive, "Antonio Brown signs with the New England Patriots: Report," 7 Sep. 2019 Many engine warranties are voided by the higher blend, and few stations sell E15. Lauren Silva Laughlin, WSJ, "On Ethanol, Big Corn Beats Big Oil," 20 June 2019 Medici also was accused of voiding the checks to evade detection, Bledstein said. Daily Pilot, "Man pleads guilty to embezzling $305,000 from Newport Beach pharmacy," 18 Oct. 2019 Net neutrality advocate and former FCC lawyer Gigi Sohn says the court still void more of the FCC order, or the entire thing, if the FCC’s response to those issues isn’t adequate. Wired, "A Court Says Repealing Net Neutrality Was (Mostly) OK," 1 Oct. 2019 The lawsuit seeks to void the agreement and collect at least $200,000 more from Ronaldo. Ken Ritter, Houston Chronicle, "Prosecutor: Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo won't face Vegas rape charge," 22 July 2019 Inspired by the craft brands in the United States that had powerful stories behind them, Galsworthy and Hall opted to create the same type of dry gin invented in London 200 years previously, voiding the shortcuts other brands were taking. Alyson Krueger, Town & Country, "Sipsmith Gin is the Only Gin Served in the House of Commons," 2 July 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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The first known use of void was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

28 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Void.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voidness. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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