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

Who was then voted in as president in contested elections. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Memo from a ‘Facebook nation’ to Mark Zuckerberg: You moved fast and broke our country.," 26 Nov. 2018 Rather, this is a case about the precious and fundamental right to vote—the right preservative of all other rights. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Florida judge sides with Democrats, giving thousands a second chance to fix their ballots," 15 Nov. 2018 The first, which has been viewed 1.6 million times, features Shirrako punching out a suffragette NPC who yells in a plaza about wanting the right to vote. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "YouTube reverses ban for streamer who killed Red Dead 2 feminist," 8 Nov. 2018 Suffrage is not simply about the right to vote but also about what that represents. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Explains What Feminism Means to Her During an Empowering Speech," 29 Oct. 2018 Suffrage is not simply about the right to vote but also about what that represents. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Just Gave a Powerful Speech About Feminism in New Zealand," 28 Oct. 2018 The city council recently voted to rezone 7.9 acres around the Pearl for more high-density development, making way for additional offices, apartment, and bars. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "San Antonio, the nation’s fastest-growing city, sees downtown rebound," 23 Oct. 2018 In 2017, the FCC voted to repeal these net neutrality polices and the repeal went into effect earlier this year. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Study Shows Just How Mobile Providers Throttle Your Internet," 11 Sep. 2018 Team Foundation Nearly every expert fervently voted for applying your foundation first, then layering concealer over top. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Should You Apply Concealer or Foundation First? Here’s What Makeup Artists Say," 30 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Santa Rosa City Councilwoman Julie Combs was the sole vote against a 237-unit townhome project on a field that was scorched by the Tubbs Fire. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "In California, Last Year’s Wildfire Victims Struggle to Recover," 25 Nov. 2018 Kemp's opponent, Stacey Abrams, refuses to concede until all remaining votes are counted in that very close contest. Bree Newsome, SELF, "The 2018 Midterm Elections Proved That Change Must Happen from the Ground Up," 15 Nov. 2018 Their biggest victory was a Senate vote to reverse the repeal, in which all members of the Democratic caucus and three Republicans voted in favor of reinstating net neutrality rules. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Lawmaker who wants paid fast lanes on Internet wins US Senate seat," 7 Nov. 2018 Here's everything the Wichita native had to say about the 2018 midterms, getting involved on a local level, and why every vote truly counts... Hailey Colborn, Seventeen, "Miss Teen USA Hailey Colborn On Why You NEED To Get Out There and Vote," 25 Oct. 2018 Each contestant chooses their own song and performs individually, and the top two vote-earners on each team automatically advance. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "How Does 'The Voice' Work? Here's Your Complete Guide to the NBC Show," 22 Oct. 2018 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

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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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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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