- 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
Examples from the Web for voting
As she discussed her understanding of the voting rights campaign and how she planned to recreate it, I grew more relieved.
Her focus would be on the three months, January through March 1965, that gave birth to the Voting Rights Act.
And if he is re-elected, the House advisory rules prohibiting him from voting no longer apply.The Felon Who Wouldn’t Leave Congress
Ben Jacobs, David Freedlander
December 23, 2014
“What I think happened is people underestimated the ability of the voting public to put things in context,” he said.Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy to Democrats: Grow a Pair
November 19, 2014
It was the first case brought under the Voting Rights Act, so the hearing proved contentious.Honoring The Late John Doar, A Nearly Forgotten Hero Of The Civil Rights Era
November 15, 2014
Palliating the evil, hiding the evil, voting for the evil, do we not participate in it?The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Voting everywhere is a very useful device in organized government.City of Endless Night
When they were voting for Eugene Sue the other day, he was acting almost crazy.L'Assommoir
Lemuel Myrick boasted loudly of his good judgment in voting for her.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
Together with his own hundred, they gave him control and a voting majority.Cap'n Warren's Wards
Joseph C. Lincoln
- 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 and History for voting
1550s in the modern sense; see vote (n.). Earlier it meant "to vow" to do something (1530s). Related: Voted; voting.
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).