vote

verb
\ ˈvōt How to pronounce vote (audio) \
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
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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Legislators are wading into Gov. Roy Cooper’s business reopening decisions, as the state Senate voted Thursday to let bars serve customers again despite his recent executive order keeping them closed because of COVID-19. USA TODAY, "Disney World, SeaWorld, petrified forest, Wisconsin state fair: News from around our 50 states," 29 May 2020 In Indianapolis, the approval passed along a party-line vote with the minority of five Republicans voting against. Amelia Pak-harvey, Indianapolis Star, "Trump celebrates money for Indianapolis transit line that has sparked Republican pushback," 29 May 2020 Swift tweeted, tagging Trump with a promise to vote him out in November. NBC News, "Taylor Swift slams Trump for 'stoking the fires of white supremacy'," 29 May 2020 Senate President Larry Obhof said the language is meant to assert that Ohio will offer in-person voting this November, Andrew Tobias reports. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Tourist attractions want Ohio to announce reopening date: The Wake Up for Thursday, May 28, 2020," 28 May 2020 Paxton has taken a hard line on resisting efforts by Democrats and voting rights groups to try expanding mail balloting in Texas. CBS News, "Texas court: Virus fear alone not enough for mail balloting," 28 May 2020 The Illinois House and Senate voted in favor of the new law on Saturday, Eater Chicago reports. Fox News, "Illinois votes to allow sale of cocktails to go," 28 May 2020 An opinion poll by Best for Britain, a lobby group, found that two-thirds of respondents supported the idea, with almost half of those who voted Leave in 2016 also being in favour. The Economist, "Brexit Deadlock looms at Brexit talks next week," 28 May 2020 Most of them turned out to be infrequent voters who had been registered as non-partisan voters for years and had not voted in recent primaries, public records showed. oregonlive, "Twitter suspends account of Oregon group that claims voters’ party affiliations were changed without consent," 28 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This would include three towers of 35 to 55 stories that are beginning to get their approvals, even though the plan still needs to go to the Board of Supervisors for a final vote. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Pandemic casts a shadow on future of San Francisco’s would-be high-rise Hub," 29 May 2020 The House's bill now goes to the Senate for a vote, and must be signed by the president to become law. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "House passes bill to extend 8 week period to spend PPP loans and alter the 75% rule," 28 May 2020 The vote was nearly unanimous, with only one delegate voting against and six abstaining. Keith Bradsherand Steven Lee Myers, BostonGlobe.com, "As the US lashes out at China, Beijing hardens its resolve," 28 May 2020 House Bill 194, which got its first committee hearing over a year ago, is up for a possible vote by the House Finance Committee today. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Ohio ramping up coronavirus testing in nursing homes: Capitol Letter," 27 May 2020 President Donald Trump threw efforts to renew a controversial Patriot Act provision into turmoil on Tuesday evening with a tweet calling on Republican members of the House to reject spying legislation that is due for a vote this week. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Trump tweet throws House surveillance debate into chaos," 27 May 2020 But the vote was far from unanimous, with the discussion bordering on argumentative at times as aldermen disagreed on how far the city should go in the name of public safety. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In a testy vote, Waukesha officials remove citywide coronavirus pandemic restrictions," 21 May 2020 Also sent to the Senate floor for a final vote were the nominations of James Anderson to be deputy undersecretary of defense for policy and Victor Mercado to be assistant secretary of defense for strategy, plans, and capabilities. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Despite partisan divide, Trump national security nominees cruising to Senate confirmation," 20 May 2020 The legislature's House Committee, which vets bills and decides when to present them for a final vote, had been without a chairperson for more than six months. Zen Soo, The Christian Science Monitor, "Hong Kong legislature erupts over pro-Beijing chair," 18 May 2020

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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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The first known use of vote was in the 15th century

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1 Jun 2020

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“Vote.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vote. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for vote

vote

verb
How to pronounce vote (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of vote

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make an official choice for or against someone or something by casting a ballot, raising your hand, speaking your choice aloud, etc.
: to make (something) legal by a vote
: to choose (someone or something) for an award by voting

vote

noun

English Language Learners Definition of vote (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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 legal right to vote

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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