vote

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verb

voted; voting; votes

intransitive verb

1
: to cast or conduct a vote
The class voted by a show of hands.
They encouraged everyone to vote in the presidential election.
She always votes Republican/Democratic.
The committee voted on the proposal.
The committee voted against the proposal.
The committee voted for the proposal. = The committee voted in favor of the proposal.
The Senate voted 51 to 100 to pass the bill.
Some representatives voted with the opposing party.
The jury voted for acquittal.
Who votes for going out to dinner tonight? [=who wants to go out to dinner tonight?]
2
a
: to vote in a way that helps one financially
"… What happens if you vote with your wallet this election year? We'll look at how the numbers in the leading candidate's tax plans add up for you and the nation. …" Gayle King
"… The economy was doing well and people often vote with their pocketbooks. …" Tara Setmayer
b
: to express an opinion
If our customers don't like our products, they will vote with their wallets/pocketbooks. [=they will not buy our products]
"Consumers vote with their dollars and corporations listen," [Bettina] Siegel tells Newsweek … Elijah Wolfson
When the restaurant changed its menu, many former customers voted with their feet.[=expressed their disapproval or dissatisfaction by leaving]

transitive verb

1
: to choose, endorse, decide the disposition of, defeat, or authorize (someone or something) by vote
He was voted out of office.
Legislators voted the bill into law.
The contestant was voted off the show.
It was voted that residents will have to pay a trash collection fee.
The issue was finally settled by a joint resolution … voting appropriations for the damages … Gerald P. Fogarty
The proposal was voted down.
She was voted in (as vice president) last year.
She was voted out (of office) last year.
They were voted on/onto the committee.
The proposal was voted through. [=the proposal was passed]
2
a
: to adjudge (something) by general agreement : declare
Everyone voted that it was the best tea this year. André Bieler
b
: to offer (something) as a suggestion : propose
I vote we all go home.
3
a
: to cause (someone) to vote in a given way
b
: to cause (something, such as a proxy vote) to be cast for or against a proposal
4
: to vote in accordance with or in the interest of
vote your conscience
People tend to vote their pocketbooks/wallets.

vote

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noun

plural votes
1
a
: 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
An Oregon City Schools operations levy appeared poised for defeat with 2,119 votes against and 1,630 votes in favor. Kate Snyder
b
: the total number of such expressions of opinion made known at a single time (as at an election)
usually used with the
tallying the voteThe candidate won only 10 percent of the vote.
c
: an expression of opinion or preference that resembles a vote
a vote of support/thanks
d
: ballot sense 1
counting the votes
People waited in line to cast their votes.
2
: the collective opinion or verdict of a body of persons expressed by voting : the result of a vote
The vote was in his favor.
She won by a vote of 206 to 57.
3
: the right to cast a vote
specifically : the right of suffrage : franchise
usually used with the
In 1920, American women won the vote.
4
a
: the act or process of voting
Let's take a vote.
brought the question to a vote
The issue never came to a vote.
The referendum will be put to a vote.
b
: a method of voting
The amendment was passed by a voice vote.
5
: a formal expression of a wish, will, or choice voted by a meeting
The congressional votes in January authorizing U.S. military action before the ground war began have probably set a precedent …, according to [Les] Aspin. Don Oberdorfer
6
a
: voter
the undecided votes
b
: a group of voters with some common and identifying characteristics
the labor vote
made appeals to the youth/independent vote
c
: the whole group of people in an area who have the right to vote
Volunteers for her campaign helped get out the vote [=persuade people to go vote] on Election Day.
7
chiefly British
a
: a proposition to be voted on
especially : a legislative money item
b
: appropriation
… prisons had to be equipped and staff paid out of the annual votes for the naval services. Olive Anderson
see also casting vote, vote of no confidence

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
More than 9,400 Connecticut fifth graders from 150 schools were registered to vote in November’s statewide election, and students cast their votes for one of seven final candidates. Pam Mcloughlin, Hartford Courant, 22 Nov. 2022 More than 400,000 people registered to vote in the country of about 1.5 million, which is split between the island of Bioko in the Gulf of Guinea and a coastal mainland sandwiched between Cameroon and Gabon. Reuters, CNN, 21 Nov. 2022 Meanwhile, as counting continued, county election officials received thousands of forms to verify signatures on early ballots, including many from people not registered to vote. Sasha Hupka, The Arizona Republic, 21 Nov. 2022 Stromer-Galley also noted only a portion of social media users are registered to vote. Ana Faguy, USA TODAY, 19 Nov. 2022 The Democrat relocated there in July, according to her campaign, and registered to vote in Cambridge on Aug. 9, election officials in that city said. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, 15 Nov. 2022 Since the 2018 election, about 550,000 new residents moved to the state and registered to vote, according to records compiled by L2, a voter and consumer data firm. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, 14 Nov. 2022 Applicants must be Carlsbad residents who are registered to vote in the city. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Nov. 2022 Due to decades of racial discrimination, poll taxes, intimidation, and violence, less that 1% of Black adults in Mississippi were registered to vote. Matthew F. Delmont, Time, 11 Nov. 2022
Noun
Dunleavy received over 50% of the vote after final tallies were released Wednesday, and the r ... Becky Bohrer, ajc, 24 Nov. 2022 In District 2, Adam Schlick of Wauconda narrowly defeated Democrat Linda Troester of Round Lake, garnering 50.5% of the vote and prevailing by 157 votes. Gavin Good, Chicago Tribune, 23 Nov. 2022 Lula won the election with 50.9% of the vote to Bolsonaro’s 49.1%, and the claim would affect some 280,000 voting machines, according to the BBC. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 23 Nov. 2022 Vare was elected in 2019 as one of three at-large candidates to win office in a four-person field, gathering 25% of the vote, its third most. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Nov. 2022 In District 2, which extends outward from downtown and surrounding neighborhoods to the Eastside, Rocio Rivas had 52.48% of the vote compared with 48.71% for Maria Brenes. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, 23 Nov. 2022 Democrat Pat Chesbro is in third with 10% of the vote. Iris Samuels, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Nov. 2022 In the Amazonian states of Roraima and Rondônia, which have recorded some of the highest rates of deforestation during Mr. Bolsonaro’s administration, the president won 76% and 71% of the vote respectively. Samantha Pearson, WSJ, 23 Nov. 2022 Former soccer star George Weah of the Coalition of Democratic Change secures 38.4% of the vote while Vice President Joseph Boakai of the Unity Party nets 28.8%. CNN, 22 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English (Scots), from Latin votum vow, wish — more at vow

First Known Use

Verb

1549, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of vote was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near vote

Cite this Entry

“Vote.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vote. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

vote 1 of 2

noun

1
a
: a formal expression of opinion or will (as by ballot in an election)
b
: the result reached by voting
2
: the general opinion expressed by voters
the vote is to lower taxes
3
: the right to cast a vote : suffrage
gave women the vote
4
a
: the act or process of voting
bring the issue to a vote
b
: a method of voting
a voice vote
5
a
: voter
b
: a group of voters with a common interest or quality
the farm vote
voteless
-ləs
adjective

vote

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verb

voted; voting
1
: to express one's wish or choice by a vote : cast a vote
2
: to elect, decide, pass, defeat, grant, or make legal by a vote
3
: to declare by general agreement
4
: to put forth as a suggestion
I vote we all go home

Legal Definition

vote 1 of 2

noun

1
a
: 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
4
a
: the act or process of voting
brought the question to a vote
b
: a method of voting

vote

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verb

voted; voting

intransitive verb

a
: 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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