vote

verb
\ˈvōt \
voted; voting

Definition of vote 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to express one's views in response to a poll especially : to exercise a political franchise

2 : to express an opinion consumers … vote with their dollars— Lucia Mouat

transitive verb

1 : to choose, endorse, decide the disposition of, defeat, or authorize by vote he was voted out of office

2a : to adjudge by general agreement : declare

b : to offer as a suggestion : propose I vote we all go home

3a : to cause to vote in a given way

b : to cause to be cast for or against a proposal

4 : to vote in accordance with or in the interest of vote your conscience voted their pocketbooks

vote with one's feet

: to express one's disapproval or dissatisfaction by leaving

vote

noun

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

b : the total number of such expressions of opinion made known at a single time (as at an election)

c : an expression of opinion or preference that resembles a vote

d : ballot sense 1

2 : the collective opinion or verdict of a body of persons expressed by voting

3 : the right to cast a vote specifically : the right of suffrage : franchise

4a : the act or process of voting brought the question to a vote

b : a method of voting

5 : a formal expression of a wish, will, or choice voted by a meeting

6a : voter

b : a group of voters with some common and identifying characteristics the labor vote

7 chiefly British

a : a proposition to be voted on especially : a legislative money item

b : appropriation

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Synonyms & Antonyms for vote

Synonyms: Verb

advance, bounce, offer, pose, proffer, propose, propound, suggest

Synonyms: Noun

ballot, enfranchisement, franchise, suffrage

Antonyms: Noun

disenfranchisement

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Among white women, however, midterm exit polling shows a full-on split: As the Pew Research Center reports, 49 percent voted Democratic; 49 percent went Republican. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "This Is How Women Voted in the Midterms—and What It Means for Election 2020," 12 Nov. 2018 Stocks are up for marijuana companies, especially because Sessions’ ousting comes after three states voted to ease restrictions on the drug in this week’s midterm elections. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Marijuana advocates celebrate after Jeff Sessions is ousted," 8 Nov. 2018 Baer's chronically-ill mother, Nancy, was one of 74,000 people in her District who stood to lose their healthcare when her opponent Brian Mast voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Jill Filipovic, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your State-by-State Guide to Women Running in the Midterms," 31 Oct. 2018 Many of these women are mothers, eager to get other moms to vote. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "These 10 Moms Running for Office Need You to Vote on November 6," 30 Oct. 2018 Only 24 artists will make it to the Playoffs, and 12 will advance to the Live Performance Shows, both of which America votes on who makes the cut. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Every Contestant on 'The Voice' Who Has Survived the Blind Auditions So Far," 30 Sep. 2018 One of those is a feature that asks users to vote on how truthful certain news stories are. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Facebook Has a Secret 'Trustworthiness Score' For Users," 21 Aug. 2018 Bonnie, who was voted district newcomer of the year, isn’t committed yet, but plans to the next few years. Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "Sisters duo has aspirations of playing in Olympics. They’re off to a good start," 13 July 2018 Meanwhile, President Trump, not even halfway through his term, was voted best or second best by 19% of respondents. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Barack Obama Is the Greatest President of Our Lifetime, Say 44% of Americans.," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Alliance Council president Martin Buckley and vice-president Stephanie Steiner made that point and others in defending the need to have the vote. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey prepares for longer offseason after fans sign off on retaining him," 13 Nov. 2018 Other barriers, such as having to take off work and vote on a weekday, or having to wait in long lines due to a limited number of polling places, may present larger barriers. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Free rides to the polls test the transit and turnout connection," 1 Nov. 2018 Each week, the singers with the lowest numbers of votes are sent home, until only one artist remains. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "How Does 'The Voice' Work? Here's Your Complete Guide to the NBC Show," 22 Oct. 2018 The researchers compared these results to GDP for the 76 countries and also to a measure of gender equality that took into account things like international rankings and how long women have had the vote in each country. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Why figuring out what’s behind a big gender paradox won’t be easy," 18 Oct. 2018 Republicans currently have 51 votes, and would ordinarily need 50 to confirm Trump’s nominee, with Vice President Pence voting to break a tie. Brooke Singman, Fox News, "Supreme Court battle: Conservative group vows to spend $10M backing Trump pick," 2 Oct. 2018 The top vote-getter in the August primary likely will be elected to a four-year term in November since there is no Republican on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Candidates for Milwaukee County sheriff promise changes after David Clarke," 12 July 2018 Altuve is the first player in franchise history to be Major League Baseball's leading vote-getter for the All-Star Game. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Where Jose Altuve ranks among all-time Astros All-Star starters," 9 July 2018 Its candidate, Muharrem İnce, who ended up with 30.7% of the vote compared to Mr. Erdoğan’s 52.6%, had promised to bring back a system of checks and balances over presidential power.... Monitor Editors, The Christian Science Monitor, "Troubled by the US Supreme Court’s upholding of Trump’s travel ban, Erdoğan’s reelection tilts toward authoritarianism, Why a stable Turkey is important, Ukraine has come a long way since Russia’s invasion, ‘Standard of living’ or ‘standard of life’?," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of vote

Verb

1552, 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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More Definitions for vote

vote

noun

English Language Learners Definition of vote

: the official choice that you make in an election, meeting, etc., by casting a ballot, raising your hand, speaking your choice aloud, etc.

: the result of voting

the vote : the legal right to vote

vote

noun
\ˈvōt \

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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