void

adjective
\ ˈvȯid How to pronounce void (audio) \

Definition of void

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : of no legal force or effect : null a void contract
b : voidable
2 : containing nothing void space
3a : not occupied : vacant a void bishopric
b : not inhabited : deserted
4 : idle, leisure
5a : being without something specified : devoid a nature void of all malice
b : having no members or examples specifically, of a suit : having no cards represented in a particular hand
6 : vain, useless

void

noun

Definition of void (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : opening, gap
b : empty space : emptiness, vacuum
2 : the quality or state of being without something : lack, absence
3 : a feeling of want or hollowness
4 : absence of cards of a particular suit in a hand originally dealt to a player

void

verb
voided; voiding; voids

Definition of void (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : nullify, annul
2a : to make empty or vacant : clear
b archaic : vacate, leave

intransitive verb

: to eliminate solid or liquid waste from the body

Other Words from void

Adjective

voidness noun

Verb

voider noun

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Adjective

empty, vacant, blank, void, vacuous mean lacking contents which could or should be present. empty suggests a complete absence of contents. an empty bucket vacant suggests an absence of appropriate contents or occupants. a vacant apartment blank stresses the absence of any significant, relieving, or intelligible features on a surface. a blank wall void suggests absolute emptiness as far as the mind or senses can determine. a statement void of meaning vacuous suggests the emptiness of a vacuum and especially the lack of intelligence or significance. a vacuous facial expression

Examples of void in a Sentence

Adjective This sales offer is void where prohibited by law. an agreement is void if obtained by force Noun the great voids between galaxies a repressed memory that left a huge void in her recollection of her adolescent years Verb The judge voided the contract. Any unauthorized repairs will void the warranty. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Otherwise, the transfer is void, and the warranty is no longer valid for the new owner. Robby Brown, Forbes, 2 May 2022 All the criteria needs to be met, or the pre-dispute arbitration agreement is void. Lindsay Wise, WSJ, 8 Feb. 2022 But unlike most shows, which announce the winners in real time, this stop on the Oscar trail is void of a certain kind of anxiety. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 25 Mar. 2022 The Sweepstakes is void where prohibited and outside the Sweepstakes Area. Rolling Stone, 4 Feb. 2022 There will be one void, though, in his touring unit since his last time out: long time guitar tech and childhood best friend, Benny Garcia, who died of pancreatic cancer shortly into the pandemic. Chris Willman, Variety, 22 Mar. 2022 But in the intervening years, conference media have filled that void, first through Cleveland.com’s Doug Lesmerises and, more recently, a joint effort by The Athletic’s Brendan Quinn and The Columbus Dispatch's Adam Jardy. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 21 Mar. 2022 Since both supporters and opponents of the measure agreed that 208 would take total spending above the limit next year, the trial judge was left with no choice but to declare the entire thing void on March 11. Timothy Sandefur, National Review, 21 Mar. 2022 Fashioned after the honey buns in her village in the Basque region of Spain, this recipe from cookbook author Aran Goyoaga is excellent and completely void of gluten. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun National retailers have filled the void with their own armies of seasoned investigators. NBC News, 3 May 2022 In a matter of minutes Saturday, Snead filled the void left by Williams’ exit. Los Angeles Times, 30 Apr. 2022 In addition, nonprofit organizations have filled a void on campuses by connecting directly to student-athletes. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 29 Apr. 2022 The states have filled a void left by congressional inaction. Mark Pazniokas, Hartford Courant, 21 Apr. 2022 Watts filled a void in the local AAU circuit by diving into grade school and grew from there with his own program called Net Gain. Jim Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Apr. 2022 Coffee shops filled the void during the day but tended to close in the late afternoon. Allie Conti, The Atlantic, 4 Apr. 2022 Born in 1940, the eldest child of his family, Sutcliffe grew up with a father at sea, and filled the void with reading, writing, and drawing in his sketchbooks. The New Yorker, 27 Mar. 2022 During a game in which the Pistons were missing their top two scorers (Jerami Grant and Cade Cunningham), Bey filled the void — and then some. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, 18 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Brady came out of retirement and wanted Lelands, the auctioneer, to void the sale. oregonlive, 15 Apr. 2022 Justices let tax court rehear case Brnovich brought the lawsuit against the Board of Regents in early 2019, seeking to void the transaction over the property tax issue and alleged overreach of the Board of Regents’ authority. Alison Steinbach, The Arizona Republic, 5 Apr. 2022 Prior depositions in the case seeking to void the city’s lease of the former Sempra Energy headquarters at 101 Ash St. have been marked by name-calling, finger-pointing and a multitude of objections. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Mar. 2022 In June 2016, Walgreens terminated its partnership with Walgreens, after learning Theranos was forced to void all tests on its own machine between 2014 and 2015. Josh St. Clair, Men's Health, 10 Mar. 2022 If this were to happen, the observers warned, the Vice-President could invoke the E.C.A. and potentially void a legitimate slate of Biden electors, handing the election to Trump. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, 25 Feb. 2022 The bill would void a provision in a 2006 law that required the Postal Service to prefund its retiree health benefits. Siobhan Hughes, WSJ, 9 Feb. 2022 But attorney Maria Severson, who represents Gordon in his legal effort to void the Ash Street lease, said the mediation privilege cannot be used to withhold information that should otherwise be disclosed in the discovery process. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Mar. 2022 The court became known — critics might say infamous — for tenaciously searching out technical flaws, loopholes and acts of deception in order to void marriages when the husband refused to grant a bill of religious divorce, known in Hebrew as a get. New York Times, 14 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of void

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

Noun

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2a

History and Etymology for void

Adjective

Middle English voyde, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *vocitus, alteration of Latin vocivus, vacivus empty, from vacare to be empty

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French voider (Old French of Île-de-France vuider) Vulgar Latin *vocitare, from *vocitus

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“Void.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/void. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for void

void

adjective
\ ˈvȯid How to pronounce void (audio) \

Kids Definition of void

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : containing nothing : empty void space
2 : being without : devoid … I am cast upon a horrible, desolate island, void of all hope of recovery.— Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
3 : having no legal effect a void contract

void

noun

Kids Definition of void (Entry 2 of 2)

: empty space the great void between planets Her departure left a void in my life.

void

transitive verb
\ ˈvȯid How to pronounce void (audio) \

Medical Definition of void

: to discharge or emit void urine

intransitive verb

: to eliminate solid or liquid waste from the body frequent voiding

void

adjective
\ ˈvȯid How to pronounce void (audio) \

Legal Definition of void

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of no force or effect under law a void marriage
2 : voidable

Other Words from void

voidness noun

void

transitive verb

Legal Definition of void (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or declare void void a contract

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