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

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 daaras are powerful institutions and the marabouts can influence the way people vote in elections. The Economist, "Thousands of children are abused in Senegal’s religious schools," 11 June 2019 In March the European Union’s parliament voted to ban the top 10 single-use plastic items found on European beaches by 2021. Laura Parker, National Geographic, "Canada aims to ban single-use plastics by 2021," 11 June 2019 Hawaii’s Colt Brennan and Northern Illinois’s Jordan Lynch finished third in Heisman voting in 2007 and 2013, respectively. Caleb Friedman, SI.com, "The 117 College Football Players Who Could Win the 2019 Heisman Trophy," 10 June 2019 In January, Halladay was posthumously voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Son of Late MLB Great Roy Halladay Is Drafted by Toronto Blue Jays — His Dad's Former Team," 6 June 2019 The island's governing body decided in 2017 to go ahead with the AU$10.5 million eradication, after 15 years of research and planning and a referendum that saw 52% of islanders vote in favor. John Pickrell, Science | AAAS, "Mass rodent poisoning on this remote Australian island could bring back giant stick insect," 5 June 2019 In Croatia and California, handmaids have protested legislators who voted against measures to curb violence against women. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "Handmaids Tale Garb Is the Viral Protest Uniform of 2019," 5 June 2019 The board will vote on the purchase at a later date. Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, "U46 to consider $106,000 purchase of Spanish-language textbooks for dual-language expansion in high schools," 4 June 2019 At the time, Rep. Doug LaMalfa was the only California Republican to vote in favor of disaster aid. Kate Irby, sacbee, "Wildfire relief bill on its way to President Trump’s desk despite Republican ‘no’ votes," 3 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Aldermen on the Finance Committee supported the plan with their votes in favor, with Ald. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora looks at $10 million purchase of land near outlet mall," 14 June 2019 Orie carried 14% of the vote, coming fourth behind incumbent Carissa Casbon and newcomers Sean Coleman and Stephen Gray. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Grass Lake District 36, Millburn school boards appoint new members," 14 June 2019 The result of their vote will be announced before Parliament rises for summer. The Economist, "The race to become Britain’s next PM," 13 June 2019 Trump won Sumter County, home to parts of The Villages retirement community, with 68% of its vote. Steven Lemongello, orlandosentinel.com, "Why is President Trump’s campaign coming to Orlando? It’s key to winning Florida, experts say.," 13 June 2019 Anyway, please change my GOAT vote (for now) to the Rafa. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: Is Nadal's 12 French Opens the Most Unbreakable Record in Tennis History?," 12 June 2019 That amendment passed narrowly, and only after Commissioner Amanda Fritz reversed her vote. oregonlive.com, "Portland poised to make it easier for people with bad credit, criminal histories to find a place to rent," 12 June 2019 Anthony Picarello, general counsel for the bishops’ conference, emphasized that point before the bishops cast their votes. Jonathan M. Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "Catholic bishops pass proposal to create nationwide system to report sexual abuse complaints," 12 June 2019 Election guards defending the integrity of the vote? Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: In Central Park, a ‘Much Ado’ About Something Big," 11 June 2019

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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

verb

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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