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

Shareholders of Anadarko Petroleum will get to vote Aug. 8 on whether to approve the pending $38 billion acquisition of The Woodlands oil and gas producer by Occidental Petroleum, the company announced late Thursday. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Anadarko sets August shareholder vote on Oxy takeover," 11 July 2019 Although the City Council had to vote on plans for the plaza, the mayor's administration did not need additional approval from the council to buy land or approval for how much to pay for the land. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Westfield mayor pushed for Grand Junction Plaza project. His two sons profited from the deal.," 11 July 2019 The rally, organized by the Glendale Environmental Coalition, comes just weeks before City Council members are expected to vote on a plan to replace aging infrastructure at Grayson Power Plant. Lila Seidman, latimes.com, "Hundreds protest plan to continue burning fossil fuels at Glendale power plant," 10 July 2019 Love Island gives its audience the opportunity to influence the vibe of the house by asking viewers to vote on things like the best couple, the couple with the least chemistry, and even the Islander who needs to go home. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "CBS' 'Love Island USA' Is About to Be Your New Guilty Pleasure," 9 July 2019 On August 5, the Baltimore County Council is scheduled to vote on whether to oppose the church’s wastewater discharge permit. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii, baltimoresun.com, "Church plan for Little Gunpowder Falls wastewater plant raises concerns from Baltimore County neighbors," 9 July 2019 As Congress prepares to vote on a bill to gradually raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour, the study sheds light on how far such a policy change could go to shrink income inequality in some of America’s poorest regions. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "A $15 minimum wage could lift 1.3 million out of poverty — and cost 1.3 million jobs," 8 July 2019 House leaders have told lawmakers to expect to vote next week on the bill from Scott’s committee that gradually lifts the wage, over five years, to the $15 threshold. Lisa Mascaro, The Denver Post, "Hiking minimum wage to $15 would boost millions, report says," 8 July 2019 City commissioners are expected to officially vote on forming the special taxing district at a meeting in August. Martin E. Comas, orlandosentinel.com, "Residents ask Casselberry to ‘build a wall’ in their neighborhood," 3 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Wenger has three out of the five council votes in her back pocket at all times. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Municipal chaos rules in San Antonio suburb," 12 July 2019 The Marijuana Control Board typically has five members, and so can usually avoid vote ties. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska regulators reject first application for on-site marijuana consumption," 12 July 2019 The Washington Mystics star led the fan balloting, receiving 32,460 votes followed by Wilson with 26,475. Doug Feinberg, baltimoresun.com, "Mystics’ Elena Delle Donne, Aces’ A’ja Wilson named WNBA All-Star captains," 11 July 2019 The resolution was put forward by Iceland at the Human Rights Council in Geneva Thursday and passed with 18 votes. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "Philippines: UN decision to probe drug war 'straight from the mouth of the Queen in Alice in Wonderland'," 11 July 2019 Their four lonely votes against the bill were portrayed as a principled stand, with more to come. Lisa Mascaro, chicagotribune.com, "Speaker Nancy Pelosi warns liberal Democrats: ‘Think’ before you ‘tweet about our members’," 10 July 2019 Congress could only approve with an up-or-down vote within 90 days – no amendments or filibusters allowed. William Hauk, The Conversation, "How Congress lost power over trade deals – and why some lawmakers want it back," 9 July 2019 That’s probably the biggest reason fan voting only accounts for 50 percent of the overall vote that goes into determining the All-Star Game’s 10 starters. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Lynx star Odyssey Sims ‘definitely deserves to be higher’ in All-Star voting," 8 July 2019 Attending meetings where public votes happen is a key part of the job. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Council breaks for summer, but records show some members were already taking days off," 7 July 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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