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vote

verb
\ ˈvōt How to pronounce vote (audio) \
voted; voting; votes

Definition of vote

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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 49 to pass the bill. Some representatives voted with the opposing party. The jury voted for acquittal. Who votes for going out to dinner tonight?
2a : 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. 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
2a : 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
3a : 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 voted their pocketbooks/wallets

vote

noun
plural votes

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 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) tallying the vote The 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 entry 1 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 a vote : 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 In 1920, American women won the vote.
4a : 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
6a : 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

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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 The recent college graduate skipped the 2016 election but said the pandemic and health care moved her to vote for Biden. Washington Post, "Why Texas’s overwhelmingly Latino Rio Grande Valley turned toward Trump," 10 Nov. 2020 The Ohio House caucuses also have yet to vote on their leaders for next session. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "Matt Huffman picked to be next Ohio Senate president," 10 Nov. 2020 Grant Stobl, national chairman of the Young Americans for Freedom, a conservative political organization, wrote in a tweet that the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Macomb County paid its members to vote for Biden. Detroit Free Press, "Michigan was a hotbed for election-related misinformation: Here's 16 key fact checks," 10 Nov. 2020 Georgia is on track to vote for a Democratic candidate for president for the first time since 1992, and that statewide support will influence the 2021 legislative session in Atlanta, according to Jackson. NBC News, "LGBTQ people of color keep breaking election barriers. And it 'feels amazing.'," 10 Nov. 2020 In this election, six states and Washington, D.C., passed drug-policy reforms, and Florida, which voted for Trump, became the eighth state to vote for a fifteen-dollar-an-hour minimum wage. Keeanga-yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, "Voting Trump Out Is Not Enough," 9 Nov. 2020 After capturing Trump’s attention last year with videos of litter in Baltimore, Klacik scored another viral success during the campaign with a video showing scenes of West Baltimore and her urging Black people to vote for a Republican. Jeff Barker, baltimoresun.com, "’We raised enough money to investigate,’ Klacik tweets, alleging irregularities in votes for Baltimore Rep. Mfume," 9 Nov. 2020 For Maanefero Xederu Roberts of Pennsylvania, the pandemic – and his belief that Trump botched its response – reinforced his decision to vote for Biden. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "How COVID-19 shaped the 2020 election: It swung some voters to Biden but bolstered Trump with his base," 9 Nov. 2020 For years, many Democrats have presumed demography as destiny, believing that Latinos would come to vote for them with the same kind of consistency that Black voters do. Jennifer Medina, New York Times, "How Democrats Missed Trump’s Appeal to Latino Voters," 9 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Nearly 9-in-10 Republicans believe that the increase in mail-in voting will lead to more voter fraud, a broad condemnation of the process currently under fire in vote counts around the nation. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Big problems: 86% GOP see ‘more’ fraud in mail-in voting," 11 Nov. 2020 Traditionally, the commission releases final vote counts the night of the election. Danica Coto, USA TODAY, "Puerto Rico finds over 100 briefcases with uncounted ballots a week after election," 11 Nov. 2020 The Republicans in the top-tier races on Alaska's ballot — President Donald Trump, Sullivan and U.S. Rep. Don Young — held largely similar vote counts, and advantages, when Election Day results and early votes through Oct. 29 were tallied. Arkansas Online, "Republican Dan Sullivan re-elected in Alaska Senate race," 11 Nov. 2020 Secretary of the State spokesman Gabe Rosenberg said towns were continuing to enter vote counts on Monday morning. Michael Hamad, courant.com, "With results still unofficial, President-elect Joe Biden appears to turn more than 30 Connecticut towns from red to blue in 2020 election," 10 Nov. 2020 Biden is projected to have 290 votes in the Electoral College to Trump’s 214, according to The Associated Press' analysis of vote counts in all 50 states. Nomaan Merchant, chicagotribune.com, "Presidential election’s validity intact despite Trump’s baseless claims of fraud," 10 Nov. 2020 Judges likely would be reluctant to take the rare step of blocking final vote counts without seeing substantial evidence of fraud or irregularities widespread enough to change the election, legal analysts said. Rebecca Davis O’brien, WSJ, "Trump Campaign Launches New Tactic in Legal Fight to Contest Election Results," 10 Nov. 2020 The complaint claims Maricopa County poll workers disregarded procedures designed to give voters a chance to correct ballot mistakes, possibly affecting final vote counts. Andrew Oxford, The Arizona Republic, "Republican challenge to Maricopa County election involves fewer than 200 ballots, attorneys say," 10 Nov. 2020 Traditionally, the commission releases final vote counts the night of the election. DÁnica Coto, Star Tribune, "Puerto Rico unearths uncounted ballots 1 week after election," 10 Nov. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vote. Accessed 20 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for vote

vote

verb
How to pronounce vote (audio)

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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