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

Fans still haven’t forgiven him for last year’s drama between DeAndre Nico and Reagan Strange, and some were even punishing the Maroon 5 singer by not voting for his contestants. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'The Voice' Coach Adam Levine Got a Lot of Attention for His Passionate Speech Last Night," 14 May 2019 My biggest frustration with the 2016 election was that 43 percent of eligible voters didn't vote. Colleen Leahey Mckeegan, Marie Claire, "Valerie Jarrett on First Meeting the Obamas, Voter Suppression, and Beto O’Rourke," 18 Mar. 2019 There has been no proper public consultation, and the estate board has not yet voted on the matter. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Scotland’s NIMBY problem, SpaceX test firing, Soyuz mishap," 2 Nov. 2018 The activities encouraged those most likely to support Trump to get out to vote while actively trying to spread confusion and discourage voting among those most likely to oppose him. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Massive scale of Russian election trolling revealed in draft Senate report," 17 Dec. 2018 As of reporting, 22 people have voted, and no (the only option) is in the lead. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, ""Inside Edition" Referred to Troye Sivan as a Pete Davidson Look-Alike in Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next" Video," 4 Dec. 2018 For example, journalist and author Maria Shriver, whose mother Eunice Kennedy Shriver was President Kennedy's sister, posted a clip of JFK's speech inspiring people to vote in the 1962 midterms on her Instagram account over the weekend. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Kennedy Family Is Using Instagram to Get Out the Vote This Election Season," 6 Nov. 2018 Massachusetts Though citizens voted to legalize marijuana in 2016, dispensaries only opened in the state this past November. Meredith Clark, Marie Claire, "Is CBD Even Legal Where You Live?," 12 Apr. 2019 Like in 2011, for example, when Lee voted to limit the EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse gases. Bridget Read, Vogue, "GOP Senator Mike Lee Says Very Real, Terrifying Climate-Change Problem Should Be Solved by . . . Babies," 26 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But don't just take my word for it; the palette won our Beauty Awards Reader's Choice Best Eyeshadow Palette by nearly 50 percent of the votes. Glamour, "Urban Decay’s Naked Cherry Palette Is the Best of All the Nakeds," 3 Apr. 2019 Understanding why requires a journey into the intricacies of Israel’s raucous electoral system—and shows how desperate Israel’s clashing political blocs are for every vote in an election that pollsters expect to be tight. Lahav Harkov, WSJ, "Why Cannabis Legalization Could Decide Israel’s Next Prime Minister," 4 Apr. 2019 Alas, this legislation will not even reach the Senate—Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, blocked that body from taking a vote. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “Get Rid of My Kids!”," 17 Mar. 2019 The group recently led a nationwide bus campaign to build on the already powerful youth support for another vote. Rachel Janfaza, Teen Vogue, "With Brexit Looming, Young Activists Are Still Fighting to Stay in the European Union," 13 Mar. 2019 Locked in a tight struggle rocked by racial overtones and charges of voter suppression, Georgia’s Stacey Abrams is vowing to fight for every vote in her quest to become the nation’s first African American female governor. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Democrats Won Back the House—They Have Women to Thank for That," 7 Nov. 2018 Some cities have already added this step; in anticipation of its bid, Calgary plans to hold a vote on November 13. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Olympics try more city-friendly bid process: Will it work?," 8 Oct. 2018 Democrats have called for the vote on his confirmation to the nation’s highest court to be delayed, pending a full FBI investigation, something that Republicans have dismissed as unnecessary. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Tentative agreement reached for Kavanaugh-Ford hearing on Thursday, source says," 2 Oct. 2018 Now that the bill has been passed by the committee, it's scheduled to be up for a vote in the House sometime this week. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Politicians and Tax Prep Companies Are Teaming Up to Make Sure Filing Stays an Expensive Nightmare," 9 Apr. 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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