verb (used without object), vot·ed, vot·ing.

to express or signify will or choice in a matter, as by casting a ballot: to vote for president.

verb (used with object), vot·ed, vot·ing.

Origin of vote

1425–75; late Middle English (noun) < Latin vōtum a vow
Related formspre·vote, noun, verb, pre·vot·ed, pre·vot··vote, verb, re·vot·ed, re·vot··vote, nounun·vot·ed, adjectiveun·vot·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for voting

vote, deciding, choosing

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British Dictionary definitions for voting



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
  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 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!
Derived Formsvotable or voteable, adjectivevoteless, adjective

Word Origin for vote

C15: from Latin vōtum a solemn promise, from vovēre to vow
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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).

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