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[ voht ]


  1. a formal expression of opinion or choice made by an individual or body of individuals, especially in an election.
  2. the means by which such expression is made, as a ballot, ticket, or show of hands.
  3. the right to such expression:

    The 19th Amendment gave women the vote.

  4. the total number of votes cast:

    The heavy vote was a result of a new law that allows mailed-in ballots to be scanned days in advance of the close of voting.

  5. the decision reached by voting, as by a majority of ballots cast:

    The vote was in favor of the resolution.

  6. a particular group of voters, or their collective expression of will as inferred from their votes:

    Two large unions endorsed the candidate on Monday, as he continues to court the labor vote.

  7. an informal expression of approval, agreement, or judgment:

    My vote is for pepperoni—anchovies on pizza are gross!

verb (used without object)

, vot·ed, vot·ing.
  1. to express or signify will or choice in a matter, as by casting a ballot: Don’t blame me if this film gives you nightmares—I voted for the romcom.

    Only three Republicans broke with their party to vote against the measure.

    Don’t blame me if this film gives you nightmares—I voted for the romcom.

verb (used with object)

, vot·ed, vot·ing.
  1. to enact, establish, or determine by vote:

    Threats were made against members of Congress who voted the bill into law.

  2. to support by one's vote:

    When Susan B. Anthony defied the law and voted in 1872, she proudly voted the Republican ticket.

  3. to advocate by or as if by one's vote: I vote we go to Disney World.

    The committee voted that the report be accepted.

    I vote we go to Disney World.

  4. to declare or decide by general consent:

    They voted the trip a success.

  5. to encourage or cause to vote, especially in a particular way.


/ vəʊt /


  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. a body of votes or voters collectively

    the Jewish vote

  4. the total number of votes cast

    the vote decreased at the last election

  5. 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
  6. a means of voting, such as a ballot
  7. a grant or other proposition to be voted upon
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012


  1. when tr, takes a clause as object or an infinitive to express or signify (one's preference, opinion, or will) (for or against some question, etc)

    we voted that it was time to adjourn

    vote for me!

    to vote by ballot

  2. intr to declare oneself as being (something or in favour of something) by exercising one's vote

    to vote socialist

  3. tr; foll by into or out of, etc to appoint or elect (a person to or from a particular post)

    he was voted out of office

    they voted him into the presidency

  4. tr to determine the condition of in a specified way by voting

    the court voted itself out of existence

  5. tr to authorize, confer, or allow by voting

    vote us a rise

  6. informal.
    tr to declare by common opinion

    the party was voted a failure

  7. tr to influence or control the voting of

    do not try to vote us!

“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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Derived Forms

  • ˈvotable, adjective
  • ˈvoteless, adjective
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Other Words From

  • pre·vote noun verb prevoted prevoting
  • re·vote verb revoted revoting
  • re·vote noun
  • un·vot·ed adjective
  • un·vot·ing adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of vote1

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English noun from Latin vōtum “a vow made to a deity; prayer, desire, hope”; vow
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Word History and Origins

Origin of vote1

C15: from Latin vōtum a solemn promise, from vovēre to vow
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Example Sentences

During this year’s Democratic primaries, it took days and sometimes weeks for the bulk of votes to get counted.

Democrats also won a majority of votes in Senate races in 2016, but again, Republicans secured a majority.

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Yeah, but we don’t know where these freaking votes came from.

Still, the vote is significant because it indicates the breadth of congressional support for tearing down the PACER paywall.

McDonald’s appealed, and last December, the labor board reversed the judge’s decision and authorized the settlement, with Emanuel again casting the deciding vote in a 2-1 opinion.

Weiss is likely to get confirmed even as Warren and a handful of other progressive Democrats vote no.

Asian-Americans may vote for Democrats now, but they are a highly persuadable—and growing—part of the electorate.

In 1992, Republican George H.W. Bush won the Asian-American vote by 24 points.

By 2012, Democratic President Barack Obama owned the Asian-American vote, winning it by 47 percentage points.

But after winning 55 percent of the white vote, Duke had a database of supporters some politicians coveted.

The bill to remove the civil disabilities of the Jews rejected in the British parliament by a vote of 288 to 165.

They can, and they will, vote themselves and their friends or adherents into the good jobs and the high places.

Only a creditor who owns a demand or provable claim can vote at creditors' meetings.

If a portion of a creditor's debt is secured and a portion is unsecured, he may vote on the unsecured portion.

An appeal by a member of a subordinate lodge from a vote of expulsion does not abate by his death while the appeal is pending.