vote

verb
\ ˈvōt How to pronounce vote (audio) \
voted; voting; votes

Essential Meaning of vote

1 : to make an official choice for or against someone or something by casting a ballot, raising your hand, speaking your choice aloud, etc. Citizens will vote today for their new governor. Did you vote in the last election? See More ExamplesThe committee hasn't yet voted on the matter. She generally votes Republican/Democratic. Congress voted 121 to 16 to pass the bill. He voted against the proposal. Most people voted for school reform. = Most people voted in favor of school reform.Hide
2 : to make (something) legal by a vote They voted the referendum into law.
3 : to choose (someone or something) for an award by voting

Full Definition of vote

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intransitive verb

1 : to cast or conduct a vote The class voted by a show of hands. They encouraged everyone to vote in the presidential election. She always votes Republican/Democratic. The committee voted on the proposal. The committee voted against the proposal. The committee voted for the proposal. = The committee voted in favor of the proposal. The Senate voted 51 to 100 to pass the bill. Some representatives voted with the opposing party. The jury voted for acquittal. Who votes for going out to dinner tonight? [=who wants to go out to dinner tonight?]
2a : to vote in a way that helps one financially "… What happens if you vote with your wallet this election year? We'll look at how the numbers in the leading candidate's tax plans add up for you and the nation. …"— Gayle King "… The economy was doing well and people often vote with their pocketbooks. …"— Tara Setmayer
b : to express an opinion If our customers don't like our products, they will vote with their wallets/pocketbooks. [=they will not buy our products] "Consumers vote with their dollars and corporations listen," [Bettina] Siegel tells Newsweek …— Elijah Wolfson When the restaurant changed its menu, many former customers voted with their feet.[=expressed their disapproval or dissatisfaction by leaving]

transitive verb

1 : to choose, endorse, decide the disposition of, defeat, or authorize (someone or something) by vote He was voted out of office. Legislators voted the bill into law. The contestant was voted off the show. It was voted that residents will have to pay a trash collection fee. The issue was finally settled by a joint resolution … voting appropriations for the damages …— Gerald P. Fogarty The proposal was voted down. She was voted in (as vice president) last year. She was voted out (of office) last year. They were voted on/onto the committee. The proposal was voted through. [=the proposal was passed]
2a : to adjudge (something) by general agreement : declare Everyone voted that it was the best tea this year.— André Bieler
b : to offer (something) as a suggestion : propose I vote we all go home.
3a : to cause (someone) to vote in a given way
b : to cause (something, such as a proxy vote) to be cast for or against a proposal
4 : to vote in accordance with or in the interest of vote your conscience People tend to vote their pocketbooks/wallets.

vote

noun
plural votes

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 An Oregon City Schools operations levy appeared poised for defeat with 2,119 votes against and 1,630 votes in favor. — Kate Snyder
b : the total number of such expressions of opinion made known at a single time (as at an election) usually used with the tallying the voteThe candidate won only 10 percent of the vote.
c : an expression of opinion or preference that resembles a vote a vote of support/thanks
d : ballot sense 1 counting the votes People waited in line to cast their votes.
2 : the collective opinion or verdict of a body of persons expressed by voting : the result of a vote The vote was in his favor. She won by a vote of 206 to 57.
3 : the right to cast a vote specifically : the right of suffrage : franchise usually used with the In 1920, American women won the vote.
4a : the act or process of voting Let's take a vote. brought the question to a vote The issue never came to a vote. The referendum will be put to a vote.
b : a method of voting The amendment was passed by a voice vote.
5 : a formal expression of a wish, will, or choice voted by a meeting The congressional votes in January authorizing U.S. military action before the ground war began have probably set a precedent …, according to [Les] Aspin.— Don Oberdorfer
6a : voter the undecided votes
b : a group of voters with some common and identifying characteristics the labor vote made appeals to the youth/independent vote
c : the whole group of people in an area who have the right to vote Volunteers for her campaign helped get out the vote [=persuade people to go vote] on Election Day.
7 chiefly British
a : a proposition to be voted on especially : a legislative money item
b : appropriation … prisons had to be equipped and staff paid out of the annual votes for the naval services.— Olive Anderson — see also casting vote, vote of no confidence

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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 Last year, Snapchat helped more than 1 million users register to vote, representatives said in October. NBC News, 5 Oct. 2021 Another exhibit allows visitors to take a poll test with actual questions that were used to deny Blacks the right to vote. al, 1 Oct. 2021 Though Mako will earn rights afforded to regular Japanese citizens, including the right to vote, she and Komuro plan to move to New York upon marrying, reports NBC News. Abigail Adams, PEOPLE.com, 1 Oct. 2021 Back at camp Yase, Voce tries to convince Liana to go with him and Xander and vote out Tiff. Joseph Longo, Vulture, 29 Sep. 2021 Campus Takeover 2021 officially begins today with National Voter Registration Day (NVRD), a nonpartisan Civic Holiday that has helped millions of Americans register to vote since its founding in 2012. Eddy Zerbe, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 Jayapal, the chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, has said for days that her members will not vote for the $1 trillion bill without passing the $3.5 trillion package aimed at enacting Biden's economic agenda. Kevin Liptak, CNN, 26 Sep. 2021 Go on Twitter and vote for the best game out of these four. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, 25 Sep. 2021 But last week, City Administrator Ed Reiskin said the council could vote for an exemption to stem the loss in Measure Z funds. Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Yet the most intense political courtship has involved the Greens, who ran third with 15 percent of the vote, and are eager for power. New York Times, 7 Oct. 2021 The race ended up being close, with Walsh edging out Connolly with 52 percent to 48 percent of the vote. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Oct. 2021 One idea is to set aside the filibuster by changing the Senate rules for this one vote. Zachary B. Wolf, CNN, 6 Oct. 2021 Curry got 90% of the votes in the shooting category, with one vote apiece going to Seth Curry, Durant and Duncan Robinson. Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Oct. 2021 Each coalition is predicted to win about 20% of the vote. Karel Janicek, ajc, 6 Oct. 2021 Ahead of the vote, business groups raised concerns about possible confusion because Los Angeles County is imposing its own set of vaccination rules for many local businesses and their customers. Emily Alpert Reyes Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2021 After 200 players cast their votes, there is a tie with one vote left — player 001, the elderly man. Quinci Legardye, Vulture, 1 Oct. 2021 Kishida defeated popular vaccinations minister Taro Kono in a runoff after finishing only one vote ahead of him in the first round, in which none of the four candidates, including two women, was able to win a majority. Arkansas Online, 30 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of vote

Verb

1549, 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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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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