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.
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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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]
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.
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.
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