Meaning of VOTE in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ voʊt ]

( votes, voting, voted)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


A vote is a choice made by a particular person or group in a meeting or an election.

He walked to the local polling centre to cast his vote...

The government got a massive majority–well over 400 votes...

Mr Reynolds was re-elected by 102 votes to 60.



A vote is an occasion when a group of people make a decision by each person indicating his or her choice. The choice that most people support is accepted by the group.

Why do you think we should have a vote on that?...

They took a vote and decided not to do it.

N-COUNT : usu a N in sing


The vote is the total number of votes or voters in an election, or the number of votes received or cast by a particular group.

Opposition parties won about fifty-five per cent of the vote...

N-SING : usu the N


If you have the vote in an election, or have a vote in a meeting, you have the legal right to indicate your choice.

Before that, women did not have a vote at all...



When you vote , you indicate your choice officially at a meeting or in an election, for example by raising your hand or writing on a piece of paper.

Two-thirds of the national electorate had the chance to vote in these elections...

It seems many people would vote for the government, at a general election, if there was a new leader...

The residents of Leningrad voted to restore the city’s original name of St Petersburg...

The parliament has voted by an overwhelming majority to suspend its declaration of independence...

The Bridgeport Common Council voted 9:8 for a five percent tax increase.

VERB : V , V prep , V to-inf , V by n to-inf / prep , V num prep / to-inf

• vot‧ing

Voting began about two hours ago.



If you vote a particular political party or leader, or vote yes or no , you make that choice with the vote that you have.

52.5% of those questioned said they’d vote Labour...

A single candidate is put forward and the people vote yes or no.

VERB : V n , V yes/no


If people vote someone a particular title, they choose that person to have that title.

His class voted him the man ‘who had done the most for Yale.’...

= elect

VERB : V n n


see also block vote


If you vote with your feet , you show that you do not support something by leaving the place where it is happening or leaving the organization that is supporting it.

Thousands of citizens are already voting with their feet, and leaving the country...

PHRASE : V inflects


If you say ‘ I vote that ’ a particular thing should happen, you are suggesting that this is what should happen. ( INFORMAL )

I vote that we all go to Holland immediately...



One man one vote or one person one vote is a system of voting in which every person in a group or country has the right to cast their vote, and in which each individual’s vote is counted and has equal value.

Mr Gould called for a move towards ‘one man one vote’...


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