vote

verb
\ ˈvōt \
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

Prior to the midterm elections, Cohen, the former Republican National Committee deputy finance chair, encouraged people to go out and vote (against Trump). Emily Stewart, Vox, "“He directed me to make the payments”: Cohen says Trump instructed illegal hush money payments," 14 Dec. 2018 Their biggest victory was a Senate vote to reverse the repeal, in which all members of the Democratic caucus and three Republicans voted in favor of reinstating net neutrality rules. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Lawmaker who wants paid fast lanes on Internet wins US Senate seat," 7 Nov. 2018 Of course the comedian, who isn't shy with his political views, asked everyone for one thing to celebrate the special day—to register to vote. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "Jimmy Kimmel and Molly McNearny Have an Unexpected Love Story," 15 Sep. 2018 World condemnation was swift: The U.N. General Assembly voted 104-18 to deplore the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan. Hope Yen, The Seattle Times, "AP FACT CHECK: Trump claims innocence in probe; wall myths," 7 Jan. 2019 Since being voted off the variety show in 2010, the 32-year-old musician has gone on to become a worldwide success. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Why 'America's Got Talent' Violinist Lindsey Stirling Will "Never" Be on 'Champions'," 20 Dec. 2018 Trump was elected by the same people who generally vote Republican. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Will Actually Happen to Trump?," 19 Dec. 2018 But the report also found that the IRA specifically targeted its message to African American voters and encouraged more liberal voters to avoid voting altogether. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Instagram posts from Russian meddlers played a much bigger role in the 2016 election than we thought," 17 Dec. 2018 Sure enough, the sprinkling of royal fairy dust helped Quinn to being voted British Emerging Talent Womenswear of the year by a panel of 2,000 international editors, buyers, and industry businesspeople. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "Meghan Markle, Kate Moss, Richard Quinn, and More From Inside the 2018 Fashion Awards," 11 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The more of the 350 seats a party wins in the direct vote, the lesser share of the 150 it is rewarded. Jerry Harmer, The Seattle Times, "Candidates register for 1st Thai general election since coup," 4 Feb. 2019 The Senate previously overwhelmingly approved the legislation in an 87-12 vote. German Lopez, Vox, "Congress just passed the most significant criminal justice reform bill in decades," 20 Dec. 2018 Earlier this season, Lynnea dominated the online competition, was given the opportunity to perform live, and secured her spot on Kelly Clarkson's team after a five-minute vote on Twitter. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Coach Kelly Clarkson Addresses the Comeback Stage Controversy," 27 Nov. 2018 Many viewers praised the company for its attempt to communicate with users about the copyright directive, which will see a final vote in January 2019. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "YouTube now runs pop-ups on videos that warn users of EU copyright proposal," 20 Nov. 2018 As Oprah Winfrey likes to say—and hey, O, thanks for stomping for Stacey in Georgia!—your vote is your crown, and it has been paid for! Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Midterm Elections Are Almost Here—What You Need to Know Now," 5 Nov. 2018 After decades of work by trans people and our allies, these protections are at risk in the first statewide vote to remove civil rights gains for transgender people. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "As a Transgender Person, State Laws Changed the Course of My Life. That's Why I Support Yes on 3 in Massachusetts," 24 Oct. 2018 People on their Instagram team post information on their personal accounts about issues coming up in Congress or up for a vote in certain states. Judith Ohikuare, Seventeen, "Activism Fatigue Is Real And Here's How You Can Fight Against It," 17 Oct. 2018 Even with both measures unlikely to clear the 60-vote threshold in the Senate, lawmakers held out hope the votes could spur negotiations to close the distance between Mr. Trump and congressional Democrats. Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "Trump Delays State of the Union Address After Duel With Pelosi," 24 Jan. 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 \

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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