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  1. Law. having no legal force or effect; not legally binding or enforceable.
  2. devoid; destitute (usually followed by of ):

    a life void of meaning.

  3. without contents; empty.
  4. without an incumbent, as an office.

    Synonyms: unoccupied, vacant

  5. Mathematics. (of a set) containing no elements; empty.
  6. (in cards) having no cards in a suit.


  1. an empty space; emptiness:

    He disappeared into the void.

    Synonyms: lack, absence, vacuum

  2. something experienced as a loss or privation:

    His death left a great void in her life.

  3. a gap or opening, as in a wall.
  4. Typography. counter 3( def 10 ).
  5. (in cards) lack of cards in a suit:

    a void in clubs.

verb (used with object)

  1. to make ineffectual; invalidate; nullify:

    to void a check.

  2. to void excrement.

  3. to clear or empty (often followed by of ):

    to void a chamber of occupants.

  4. Archaic. to depart from; vacate.

verb (used without object)

  1. to defecate or urinate.


/ vɔɪd /


  1. without contents; empty
  2. not legally binding

    null and void

  3. (of an office, house, position, etc) without an incumbent; unoccupied
  4. postpositivefoll byof destitute or devoid

    void of resources

  5. having no effect; useless

    all his efforts were rendered void

  6. (of a card suit or player) having no cards in a particular suit

    his spades were void


  1. an empty space or area

    the huge desert voids of Asia

  2. a feeling or condition of loneliness or deprivation

    his divorce left him in a void

  3. a lack of any cards in one suit

    to have a void in spades

  4. Also calledcounter the inside area of a character of type, such as the inside of an o


  1. to make ineffective or invalid
  2. to empty (contents, etc) or make empty of contents
  3. also intr to discharge the contents of (the bowels or urinary bladder)
  4. archaic.
    to vacate (a place, room, etc)
  5. obsolete.
    to expel

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Derived Forms

  • ˈvoidness, noun
  • ˈvoider, noun

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Other Words From

  • voidness noun
  • non·void adjective noun
  • pre·void verb (used with object)
  • un·void adjective
  • un·voidness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of void1

First recorded in 1250–1300; (adjective) Middle English voide, from Anglo-French, Old French voide, voit, vuide, vuit ( French vide ), from unattested Vulgar Latin vocīta, vocita feminine of vocītus, vocitus unattested and dissimilated variant of Latin vacīvus, vocīvus, “empty”; vacuum; (verb) Middle English voiden, from Anglo-French voider, Old French, from unattested Vulgar Latin vocitāre, derivative of unattested vocītus, vocitus; (noun) derivative of the adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of void1

C13: from Old French vuide, from Vulgar Latin vocītus (unattested), from Latin vacuus empty, from vacāre to be empty

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Idioms and Phrases

see null and void .

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Synonym Study

See empty.

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Example Sentences

The Internet fills that void by making available infinite bespoke organizations.

After landing on countless decade-end best-of lists, it appears in the Golden Globe universe only as a cruel, uncaring void.

From Time

“It really feels like we’re screaming into the void and nothing is happening,” she said.

The first thing you’ll want to do is buy a protective mattress pad to help keep it clean—staining can void mattress warranties.

With the physical and social aspects of shopping stripped away due to various lockdown restrictions around the globe, shoppable social media is poised to fill the void.

From Digiday

His non-fiction fills, or helps to fill, the void left by Foster Wallace.

This book seeks to fill that void (although arguably atheist kids should get used to nothingness sooner rather than later).

But younger Hong Kong residents rushed to fill the void and started a series of protests.

“A suspended sentence becomes null and void after a certain period of time,” Rofugaran said.

In a sense, we occupy a weird place in the Universe: relatively close to both a void and several huge galaxy clusters.

The hopes of a man that is void of understanding are vain and deceitful: and dreams lift up fools.

When this is done a misrepresentation constitutes a breach of warranty and the contract becomes void.

Likewise the property must have been in existence at the time of making the contract, if it was not, the policy is void.

The onward path would then lead through a void which it would require years to traverse.

A lease made by a minor is not void, but he may avoid or cancel it by some positive act.


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Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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