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

But according to multiple media reports Monday, the final two years of the contract are actually void. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, "Did the Patriots really use Tom Brady’s contract extension to troll the Falcons?," 6 Aug. 2019 No measure of my regret comes close to soothing the pain of loss experienced by the family, and nothing Metro can provide fills the void our organization has created. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Metro says fatal Westlake Avenue bus-pedestrian crash was preventable, agrees to $7.7M settlement," 26 Oct. 2018 Instead of jumping the gun, relax and rejuvenate yourself on Sunday, as the Moon is void-of-course until early evening. Venus Australis, refinery29.com, "Your Horoscope This Week," 15 July 2019 The Marvel presentation will not be entirely void of familiar faces. Matt Donnelly, chicagotribune.com, "What to expect from Marvel’s Comic-Con presentation -- and why it’s so pivotal," 14 July 2019 Conversely, agents representing themselves void E&O insurance. Pat Kapowich, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Should sellers listen to their gut on no-contingency deal with buyer/agent?," 11 July 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

His constant doting on his wife, children, and grandchildren will be a void that can never be filled. courant.com, "John Machung," 31 Aug. 2019 Clearly, there is a void of appropriate choices which needs to be tapped with the right kind of products. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "A young, US-educated entrepreneur is giving Indian men’s underwear a makeover," 31 July 2019 The social media that brought exposure to creative ideas without traditional gatekeepers now overexposes trends at lightning speeds while rewarding whichever bullies and copycats are willing to scream loudest into the void. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "The restaurant boom in metro Detroit is over. Here's why," 25 July 2019 Before long, both sides in the front were void of grass. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Couple turn east side party house into historically appropriate home with lush gardens," 25 July 2019 This is how Digital Shades became an excuse to give a second life to some tracks instead of letting them disappear into the void. Kat Bein, Billboard, "M83 Announce Classic Video Game-Inspired Album, 'DSVII'," 12 July 2019 Peterson and Devaughn Cooper seemed best positioned to step into that void, but Cooper – who matched Peterson’s 18 receptions in '18 – lost his roster spot in May because of a violation of athletic-department policy. Michael Lev, azcentral, "Counting down the most valuable Arizona Wildcats for 2019 football season," 9 July 2019 This Sweepstakes is void where prohibited and outside Maryland. Denisa Protani, baltimoresun.com, "TRIFECTA FOOD TRUCK & MUSIC FESTIVAL JULY 27th," 8 July 2019 Here are the players who are most likely to try and step into the void that Messi's departure from the international the game would definitely leave behind. SI.com, "4 Argentina Players Who Could Replace Lionel Messi at International Level," 3 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Martello said the joint powers agency would be wise to void the contract. David Debolt, The Mercury News, "Oakland Coliseum Authority CEO sought $50,000 payment from RingCentral for naming rights deal," 21 Aug. 2019 Liquid damage could void your device’s warranty, Maker says, so never spray anything directly onto the device and keep cleaning agents away from openings where liquid could seep in, such as charger or USB ports. Helen Carefoot, Washington Post, "Your phone and laptop probably won’t make you sick (but you should still clean them)," 15 Aug. 2019 My biggest takeaway from Tom Brady’s new contract, which pays him $23 million in 2019, then automatically voids on the final day of the league year (March 17): This wasn’t quite another case of Brady and the Patriots working hand in hand. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, "Tom Brady’s contract works both ways," 12 Aug. 2019 But Tarantino voids those artifacts of substance—of political protest, social conflict, any sense of changing mores. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Review: Quentin Tarantino’s Obscenely Regressive Vision of the Sixties in “Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood”," 27 July 2019 His base was already against them, and both deals could be voided without doing much of anything, or asking Congressional Republicans to do much of anything. Heather Hurlburt, Daily Intelligencer, "There Is No Cleaning Up the Foreign Policy Mess Trump Is Making," 11 July 2018 Universal Music Group is challenging Malu Trevejo's recent attempt to void her contract, claiming the label's agreements were with a corporation owned by the teenage singer's mother, not her directly, and represented by her attorney. Leila Cobo, Billboard, "UMG Counters Malu Trevejo's Effort to Void Contract, Says Deal Was With Corporate Entity," 6 July 2018 And a bill can only be voided when it is challenged through a lawsuit. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "GOP leaders: Law giving cities pension relief could be struck down too," 25 June 2018 The decision follows Errani's appeal against the original ban and voided results, while the Italian anti-doping agency had asked for a longer suspension. Bianca Britton, CNN, "Tennis player Sara Errani 'disgusted' by doping ban increase," 12 June 2018

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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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