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

The Fort Worth City Council on Tuesday voted to remove an official from the city's Human Rights Commission over a series of bigoted social media posts that maligned immigrants, transgender people and Muslims. Arnessa Garrett, Dallas News, "Bonnen apologizes but faces investigation, Trump lights up Joaquin Castro, Paxton joins sick leave lawsuit," 8 Aug. 2019 Staff represented by California School Employees Assn. voted 15-7 for the change. Andrew J. Campa, Burbank Leader, "Changes are in store for Luther Burbank Middle School’s class schedule," 8 Aug. 2019 In his short career so far, the 20-year-old has twice been voted Liverpool's Young Player of the Season, finished second in the 2018 Golden Boy award and was named in the 2018/19 PFA Team of the Season. SI.com, "Trent Alexander-Arnold Recalls the Exact Moment He Fell in Love With Liverpool," 8 Aug. 2019 Texas A&M University System regents voted Thursday to allow A&M University-San Antonio to impose an athletics fee to start a varsity intercollegiate sports program. Krista Torralva, ExpressNews.com, "Aggie regents OK athletics fee at San Antonio campus," 8 Aug. 2019 At the end of the program, the other founders in the group voted Skysheet the third most likely to succeed. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "The Lonely Work of Moderating Hacker News," 8 Aug. 2019 India's parliament voted on Tuesday to reclassify the state of Jammu and Kashmir as a union territory, giving the government in New Delhi greater authority over the country's only Muslim-majority region. Sugam Pokharel, CNN, "Kashmir's automony was stripped to free it from 'terrorism,' Modi says," 8 Aug. 2019 Most Republicans and many moderate Democrats are scared silly and timidly vote against virtually all meaningful gun controls. Los Angeles Times, "Gun control has been doomed by single-issue voters. Will that ever change?," 8 Aug. 2019 The council voted 5-1 in favor of the plan, with councilman Kurt P. Cavanaugh as the lone dissenting vote. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "Marriott AC Hotel approved as Glastonbury’s third hotel," 7 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Defending conference tournament champions Colgate followed with 147 points and the remaining eight first-place votes. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "U.S. advances to women’s under-19 lacrosse title game," 9 Aug. 2019 Sanders’ popularity would eventually clinch him about 43% of the primary vote. Adam Rasmi, Quartz, "Polls from previous US elections show that anything’s still possible," 9 Aug. 2019 The district preferred O’Rourke to Cruz by a razor-thin margin of 36,782 votes to 36,520. Dylan Mcguinness, ExpressNews.com, "Texas House race in San Antonio could have statewide implications as Democrats work to win majority," 8 Aug. 2019 The opponents of Initiative 1000, which passed the Legislature in April, had 90 days to gather 129,811 valid signatures to force a public vote. USA TODAY, "Emoji house, Saharan dust, turtle crossing: News from around our 50 states," 8 Aug. 2019 Those who lost their seats in that election did cast brave votes to make our country safer and give our children the chance to grow up and live their dreams. Bill Clinton, Time, "President Bill Clinton: Reinstate the Assault Weapons Ban Now," 8 Aug. 2019 After years of partisan gridlock, the conversation on gun control appears to be moving forward, as public support for certain measures grows and the president casts an eye toward suburban votes. The Christian Science Monitor, "Climate gloom and innovation bloom," 8 Aug. 2019 One was given the impossible task of substantiating Mr Trump’s claim that his election saw massive vote-rigging. The Economist, "There is a need for fresh thinking on human rights," 8 Aug. 2019 Increased water rates and fees were approved by the board on a 3-2 vote with President Jim Robinson and directors Thomas Ace and Bryan Wadlington in favor, and directors Jim Hickle and Jeff Lawler opposed. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Directors to consider revising untreated water rate increases," 8 Aug. 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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