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

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 Not every Bexar County resident is eligible to vote in this election. Liz Hardaway, San Antonio Express-News, "'Even the rain didn't stop us' - Spring election passes 50,000 mark despite San Antonio storms," 1 May 2021 About 25,000 Howard County students in grades six through 11 are eligible to vote and will receive an announcement on Canvas to explain the process. Jacob Calvin Meyer, baltimoresun.com, "Election of student member of the Howard County Board of Education to be held online next week," 29 Apr. 2021 Voters in the district must be registered by July 6 to be eligible to vote in the Aug. 3 primary. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "DeWine sets Aug. 3 as special primary election date for Steve Stivers’ congressional seat," 26 Apr. 2021 The Constitution makes him—now her—a member of the executive branch and first in line to succeed the president—but also a member of the legislative branch, as president of the Senate eligible to vote only to break a tie. Stuart E. Eizenstat, WSJ, "Walter Mondale Remade the Vice Presidency," 22 Apr. 2021 About 80 drivers were eligible to vote on affiliating with the union. Chase Difeliciantonio, San Francisco Chronicle, "S.F. grocery delivery company Imperfect Foods to contest drivers' vote to unionize," 16 Apr. 2021 Amazon barraged the 5,805 workers eligible to vote with text messages, mandatory anti-union meetings, and even fliers posted on doors inside a bathroom stalls. Washington Post, "Amazon appears to have the votes to overcome union effort, a major win for the e-commerce giant," 9 Apr. 2021 The Bessemer union election, however, was much larger in scope, with nearly 6,000 warehouse workers at the one-year-old facility were eligible to vote. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "Amazon gains enough votes to defeat union drive at Alabama warehouse," 9 Apr. 2021 The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which is organizing the Amazon workers in Bessemer, said that 3,215 votes were sent in — about 55% of the nearly 6,000 workers who were eligible to vote. Joseph Pisani, Anchorage Daily News, "Amazon appears to have plenty of votes to block union effort at giant Alabama warehouse," 9 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In a 9-1 vote, Fairfax’s Board of Supervisors passed a $4.5 billion spending plan that board chairman Jeff C. McKay (D) called an attempt to stabilize Virginia’s most populous jurisdiction. Washington Post, "Fairfax County lowers tax rate as part of regional effort to pull out of pandemic-induced slump," 4 May 2021 Power was confirmed last week in a bipartisan vote. Jennifer Hansler, CNN, "Power takes the helm at USAID touting its role in fighting pandemics," 3 May 2021 The measure narrowly failed, 798 to 711, in a vote by delegates to the state GOP convention, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. BostonGlobe.com, "Bid to censure Romney for Trump impeachment votes fails," 2 May 2021 After city staff recommended the project earlier this year, the Planning Commission rejected it in an 8-7 vote. Editorial Board, Star Tribune, "Stop putting up obstacles to the kind of project St. Paul needs," 2 May 2021 In a vote that ended April 30, Cincinnati.com readers selected winners for the Cincinnati Enquirer Athlete of the Week, presented by Mercy Health, for the April 19-25 voting period. Melanie Laughman, The Enquirer, "Enquirer names Greater Cincinnati high school athletes of the week, April 30," 30 Apr. 2021 That was the assessment offered by a senior House Republican who voted to retain Cheney as conference chairwoman in a February vote of no-confidence. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Liz Cheney's lonely fight against Trump clouds future," 30 Apr. 2021 The board approved Poseidon’s discharge permit with the compromise language in a 4-3 vote. Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times, "Poseidon wins key seawater desalination permit," 29 Apr. 2021 The bill, which passed the Senate in a 21-17 vote, would apply to all 15 seaports in the state. Jim Turner, sun-sentinel.com, "Florida lawmakers change course and approve bill that would overturn Key West vote to restrict cruise ships," 29 Apr. 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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5 May 2021

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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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