vote

verb
\ ˈvōt How to pronounce vote (audio) \
voted; voting; votes

Definition of vote

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to cast or conduct a vote The class voted by a show of hands. They encouraged everyone to vote in the presidential election. She always votes Republican/Democratic. The committee voted on the proposal. The committee voted against the proposal. The committee voted for the proposal. = The committee voted in favor of the proposal. The Senate voted 51 to 100 to pass the bill. Some representatives voted with the opposing party. The jury voted for acquittal. Who votes for going out to dinner tonight? [=who wants to go out to dinner tonight?]
2a : to vote in a way that helps one financially "… What happens if you vote with your wallet this election year? We'll look at how the numbers in the leading candidate's tax plans add up for you and the nation. …"— Gayle King "… The economy was doing well and people often vote with their pocketbooks. …"— Tara Setmayer
b : to express an opinion If our customers don't like our products, they will vote with their wallets/pocketbooks. [=they will not buy our products] "Consumers vote with their dollars and corporations listen," [Bettina] Siegel tells Newsweek …— Elijah Wolfson When the restaurant changed its menu, many former customers voted with their feet.[=expressed their disapproval or dissatisfaction by leaving]

transitive verb

1 : to choose, endorse, decide the disposition of, defeat, or authorize (someone or something) by vote He was voted out of office. Legislators voted the bill into law. The contestant was voted off the show. It was voted that residents will have to pay a trash collection fee. The issue was finally settled by a joint resolution … voting appropriations for the damages …— Gerald P. Fogarty The proposal was voted down. She was voted in (as vice president) last year. She was voted out (of office) last year. They were voted on/onto the committee. The proposal was voted through. [=the proposal was passed]
2a : to adjudge (something) by general agreement : declare Everyone voted that it was the best tea this year.— André Bieler
b : to offer (something) as a suggestion : propose I vote we all go home.
3a : to cause (someone) to vote in a given way
b : to cause (something, such as a proxy vote) to be cast for or against a proposal
4 : to vote in accordance with or in the interest of vote your conscience People tend to vote their pocketbooks/wallets.

vote

noun
plural votes

Definition of vote (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a usually formal expression of opinion or will in response to a proposed decision especially : one given as an indication of approval or disapproval of a proposal, motion, or candidate for office An Oregon City Schools operations levy appeared poised for defeat with 2,119 votes against and 1,630 votes in favor. — Kate Snyder
b : the total number of such expressions of opinion made known at a single time (as at an election) usually used with the tallying the voteThe candidate won only 10 percent of the vote.
c : an expression of opinion or preference that resembles a vote a vote of support/thanks
d : ballot sense 1 counting the votes People waited in line to cast their votes.
2 : the collective opinion or verdict of a body of persons expressed by voting : the result of a vote The vote was in his favor. She won by a vote of 206 to 57.
3 : the right to cast a vote specifically : the right of suffrage : franchise usually used with the In 1920, American women won the vote.
4a : the act or process of voting Let's take a vote. brought the question to a vote The issue never came to a vote. The referendum will be put to a vote.
b : a method of voting The amendment was passed by a voice vote.
5 : a formal expression of a wish, will, or choice voted by a meeting The congressional votes in January authorizing U.S. military action before the ground war began have probably set a precedent …, according to [Les] Aspin.— Don Oberdorfer
6a : voter the undecided votes
b : a group of voters with some common and identifying characteristics the labor vote made appeals to the youth/independent vote
c : the whole group of people in an area who have the right to vote Volunteers for her campaign helped get out the vote [=persuade people to go vote] on Election Day.
7 chiefly British
a : a proposition to be voted on especially : a legislative money item
b : appropriation … prisons had to be equipped and staff paid out of the annual votes for the naval services.— Olive Anderson — see also casting vote, vote of no confidence

Synonyms & Antonyms for vote

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of vote in a Sentence

Verb Citizens will vote today for their new governor. Did you vote in the last election? The committee hasn't yet voted on the matter. Congress voted 121 to 16 to pass the bill. He voted against the proposal. They voted the referendum into law. Senators voted themselves a pay raise despite the budget shortfall. We have to decide what to do about dinner. I vote that we get a pizza. Noun They are counting the votes now. There are 20 votes in favor and 12 against. He got 56 percent of the votes. She's campaigning hard to raise money and win votes. People waited in line to cast their votes. I cast my vote for the Republican candidate. The vote was in her favor. She won by a vote of 206 to 57. In 1920, American women won the vote. The candidate won only 10 percent of the vote. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The House also is expected to vote on emergency funding to help end the shortage. Arkansas Online, 14 May 2022 The House was originally expected to vote on whether to concur with the Senate’s version of the budget on Wednesday. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, 14 May 2022 Of the five justices expected to vote for overturning Roe v. Wade, Kavanaugh is thought of as the most moderate and therefore swingable. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 The Senate is expected to vote Wednesday on a bill that would codify Roe into law. Donovan Slack, USA TODAY, 11 May 2022 The commission is expected to vote on the change in the coming weeks. Jon Schuppe, NBC News, 8 May 2022 Separately, all eyes on Monday had been on the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, which had been expected to vote on a recommendation for clemency in Lucio's case. Dakin Andone, CNN, 26 Apr. 2022 The Senate is expected to vote Wednesday to pass the plan, which would boost Republican representation in Congress for the next decade. Jim Turner, Orlando Sentinel, 19 Apr. 2022 The resulting efforts can be directed at groups expected to vote for the president’s party and may take the form of pressure to support the party or its policies. Tarren Bragdon And Stewart Whitson, WSJ, 19 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Instead, the House could take other actions, including a vote of public censure of McCarthy and the four GOP lawmakers, a referral to the Ethics Committee, the imposition of fines or even the stripping of their committee assignments. Lisa Mascaro, ajc, 14 May 2022 But the House could decide to hold McCarthy and the other members in contempt of Congress in a simple majority vote of the chamber, after voting in committee to do so. Benjamin Siegel, ABC News, 14 May 2022 The Senate confirmed Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell to a second term with a strong bipartisan vote of 80-19 Thursday, following the confirmation of other Fed board nominees. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, 13 May 2022 The package of military, economic and humanitarian support, which is $7 billion more than the $33 billion President Biden requested, was approved on a bipartisan vote of 368-to-57, with the Senate expected to follow suit this week. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 The position was decided by a vote of a 1,500-member committee of mostly Beijing loyalists in the city, held amid great security. Cao Li, WSJ, 8 May 2022 The Gender Equality on Beaches bylaw amendment passed with a vote of 327-242 following a debate at the annual town meeting in Nantucket. Kim Elsesser, Forbes, 5 May 2022 All-state teams are determined by a vote of the state’s coaches, compiled by the SBLive Oregon staff, and published jointly by SBLive Oregon and The Oregonian/OregonLive. oregonlive, 5 May 2022 The Senate is currently evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats, but blues hold a majority due to the deciding vote of Vice President Kamala Harris. Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 4 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of vote

Verb

1549, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for vote

Noun

Middle English (Scots), from Latin votum vow, wish — more at vow

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vote

noun
\ ˈvōt How to pronounce vote (audio) \

Kids Definition of vote

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a formal expression of opinion or choice (as by ballot in an election)
2 : the decision reached by voting The vote is in favor of the amendment.
3 : the right to vote In 1920, American women won the vote.
4 : the act or process of voting The question came to a vote.
5 : a group of voters with some common interest or quality the farm vote

vote

verb
voted; voting

Kids Definition of vote (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to express a wish or choice by a vote We voted by raising our hands.
2 : to elect, decide, pass, defeat, grant, or make legal by a vote The group voted down the proposal.
3 : to declare by general agreement She was voted student of the month.
4 : to offer as a suggestion I vote we go home.

vote

noun

Legal Definition of vote

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a usually formal expression of opinion or will in response to a proposed decision especially : one given as an indication of approval or disapproval of a proposal, motion, or candidate for office
b : the total number of such votes made known at a single time got half the vote
2 : the collective opinion or preference of a body of persons expressed by voting
3 : the right to cast a vote specifically : the right of suffrage
4a : the act or process of voting brought the question to a vote
b : a method of voting

vote

verb
voted; voting

Legal Definition of vote (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to cast or conduct a vote vote for acquittal
b : to exercise a political franchise encourage people to vote

transitive verb

1 : to choose, endorse, decide the disposition of, defeat, or authorize by vote vote an appropriation
2 : to cast votes on a corporate matter on the basis of voted their shares against the proposed merger

History and Etymology for vote

Noun

Latin votum vow, hope, wish

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