- 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.
- to express or signify will or choice in a matter, as by casting a ballot: to vote for president.
- 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
Related Words for votetally, referendum, choice, majority, poll, ballot, elect, grant, propose, choose, determine, recommend, return, establish, declare, enact, yea, wish, suffrage, will
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Contemporary Examples of vote
Weiss is likely to get confirmed even as Warren and a handful of other progressive Democrats vote no.Sen. Warren’s Main Street Crusade to Pressure Clinton
January 8, 2015
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.
Already, 10 Republicans have declared they will vote for an alternative candidate and more seemed poised to join.Kamikaze Congress Prepares to Strike Boehner
January 6, 2015
Historical Examples of vote
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.
Members that never attended were drummed up to vote against the bill.
It came to a vote, and it was stricken out, two to one in the vote.
It should have come when the right to vote was granted to women in the Church.
- 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 ballot10 votes for Jones
- the opinion of a group of persons as determined by votingit was put to the vote; do not take a vote; it came to a vote
- a body of votes or voters collectivelythe Jewish vote
- the total number of votes castthe vote decreased at the last election
- the ticket, ballot, etc, by which a vote is expressed
- the right to vote; franchise; suffrage
- a person regarded as the embodiment of this right
- a means of voting, such as a ballot
- mainly British a grant or other proposition to be voted upon
- (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)to vote by ballot; we voted that it was time to adjourn; vote for me!
- (intr) to declare oneself as being (something or in favour of something) by exercising one's voteto vote socialist
- (tr; 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
- (tr) to determine the condition of in a specified way by votingthe court voted itself out of existence
- (tr) to authorize, confer, or allow by votingvote us a rise
- (tr) informal to declare by common opinionthe party was voted a failure
- (tr) to influence or control the voting ofdo not try to vote us!
Word Origin 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.