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

The board then may vote again on its budget, which includes a 13 percent pay raise for teachers. Craig Harris, azcentral, "East Valley charter, subject of Republic investigation, reverses itself after blocking public comment," 14 July 2018 Members won’t vote on the UPS package-division contract until several dozen regional agreements on localized work rules and conditions are resolved. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "UPS, Teamsters Reach Tentative Deal on Trucking Labor Contract," 13 July 2018 That can be significant, given that turnout figures often are low; in fact, only one in six registered Philadelphians actually voted in May’s primary election. Jonathan Lai, Philly.com, "Online voter registration in Pa., three years in: More than 1 in 5 voters register online," 12 July 2018 Senator Sanders voted against a bill in 2007 that would have given a path to citizenship for 12m undocumented people, on the basis that the proposal also allowed companies to bring in guest workers, undermining unions. The Economist, "Fork in the roadShould the party move to the left or to the centre?," 12 July 2018 Zoning changes also recommended by the committee scheduled to be voted on by the full county board at its July 19 meeting include: Beekeepers must register with the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Will County addresses growing demand for barn weddings, beekeeping and tasting rooms," 11 July 2018 In his time serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C., Kavanaugh has consistently voted to roll back rules and regulations. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Why Trump Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Is Business's New Best Friend," 10 July 2018 It’s no surprise he wasn’t voted in by fans since few knew his name until recently. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Fans aren't only ones making questionable All-Star selections," 9 July 2018 The one-off award, voted for by the public, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Man Booker prize. Anna Codrea-rado, New York Times, "‘The English Patient’ Wins Best of Man Booker Prize," 8 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Senators will eventually vote on the nomination and need 51 votes to confirm the nominee. Mackenzie Long, Teen Vogue, "Brett Kavanaugh Announced as President Trump's Supreme Court Nominee," 10 July 2018 The City Council's Planning and Economic Development Committee subsequently voted to move the subject to formal council for a vote. Allie Gross, Detroit Free Press, "How new Detroit historic district impacts the Ilitch family," 10 July 2018 And better yet, a Republican who says vote for a Democrat. Fox News, "Media's Supreme Court scrutiny," 9 July 2018 On Thursday, a plenary session of the entire parliament voted by 318 votes to 278 to reject the legal affairs committee’s fast-tracking approach. David Meyer, Fortune, "Not So Fast: Europe's Controversial New Copyright Law Was Just Held Up After an Intense Lobbying War," 5 July 2018 Trustees voted 6-3 to create the TIF district, with Art Zabel, David Baum and Daniel Wing casting the opposing votes. Henry J. Morgan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Germantown OKs Briggs & Stratton development agreement; distribution center expected to be built by December 2019," 5 July 2018 The council on July 2 voted 4-3 in favor of a motion to overturn the veto, but because five votes were required, the veto stands, explained City Attorney Adam Simon. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Park Ridge City Coucil upholds mayoral veto of Pusheen company expansion in Uptown," 5 July 2018 Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters of Michigan, voted to confirm her after an effort to stop her nomination from getting to a vote. Jonathan Allen /, NBC News, "One of these women could be Trump's Supreme Court pick," 2 July 2018 Vote early and often, and vote for pro-choice candidates. refinery29.com, "How You Can Help Keep Abortion Safe & Legal In Light Of Justice Kennedy Retiring," 28 June 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

Noun

Latin votum vow, hope, wish

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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

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