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[voht] /voʊt/
a formal expression of opinion or choice, either positive or negative, made by an individual or body of individuals.
the means by which such expression is made, as a ballot, ticket, etc.
the right to such expression:
to give women the vote.
the decision reached by voting, as by a majority of ballots cast:
The vote was for the resolution.
a collective expression of will as inferred from a number of votes:
the labor vote.
an expression, as of some judgment:
a vote of confidence.
verb (used without object), voted, voting.
to express or signify will or choice in a matter, as by casting a ballot:
to vote for president.
verb (used with object), voted, voting.
to enact, establish, or determine by vote:
to vote a proposed bill into law.
to support by one's vote:
to vote the Republican ticket.
to advocate by or as by one's vote:
to vote that the report be accepted.
to declare or decide by general consent:
They voted the trip a success.
to encourage or cause to vote, especially in a particular way.
Origin of vote
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English (noun) < Latin vōtum a vow
Related forms
prevote, noun, verb, prevoted, prevoting.
revote, verb, revoted, revoting.
revote, noun
unvoted, adjective
unvoting, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for vote
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  • A vote was taken on the question of exile, and the black pebbles predominated.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • The ministry escaped censure when the vote was taken by a bare majority.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • Members that never attended were drummed up to vote against the bill.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • It came to a vote, and it was stricken out, two to one in the vote.

    Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 7. Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
  • It should have come when the right to vote was granted to women in the Church.

    Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 7. Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
British Dictionary definitions for vote


an indication of choice, opinion, or will on a question, such as the choosing of a candidate, by or as if by some recognized means, such as a ballot: 10 votes for Jones
the opinion of a group of persons as determined by voting: it was put to the vote, do not take a vote, it came to a vote
a body of votes or voters collectively: the Jewish vote
the total number of votes cast: the vote decreased at the last election
the ticket, ballot, etc, by which a vote is expressed
  1. the right to vote; franchise; suffrage
  2. a person regarded as the embodiment of this right
a means of voting, such as a ballot
(mainly Brit) a grant or other proposition to be voted upon
(when transitive, takes a clause as object or an infinitive) to express or signify (one's preference, opinion, or will) (for or against some question, etc): to vote by ballot, we voted that it was time to adjourn, vote for me!
(intransitive) to declare oneself as being (something or in favour of something) by exercising one's vote: to vote socialist
(transitive; foll by into or out of, etc) to appoint or elect (a person to or from a particular post): they voted him into the presidency, he was voted out of office
(transitive) to determine the condition of in a specified way by voting: the court voted itself out of existence
(transitive) to authorize, confer, or allow by voting: vote us a rise
(transitive) (informal) to declare by common opinion: the party was voted a failure
(transitive) to influence or control the voting of: do not try to vote us!
Derived Forms
votable, voteable, adjective
voteless, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin vōtum a solemn promise, from vovēre to vow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for vote

mid-15c., from Latin votum "a vow, wish, promise, dedication," noun use of neuter of votus, past participle of vovere "to promise, dedicate" (see vow).


1550s in the modern sense; see vote (n.). Earlier it meant "to vow" to do something (1530s). Related: Voted; voting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for vote



To suggest what one wants: I vote for BLTs for dinner (1814+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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