(~s, voting, ~d)
Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.
A ~ 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 ~...
The government got a massive majority–well over 400 ~s...
Mr Reynolds was re-elected by 102 ~s to 60.
A ~ 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 ~ on that?...
They took a ~ and decided not to do it.
N-COUNT: usu a N in sing
The ~ is the total number of ~s or ~rs in an election, or the number of ~s received or cast by a particular group.
Opposition parties won about fifty-five per cent of the ~...
N-SING: usu the N
If you have the ~ in an election, or have a ~ in a meeting, you have the legal right to indicate your choice.
Before that, women did not have a ~ at all...
When you ~, 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 ~ in these elections...
It seems many people would ~ for the government, at a general election, if there was a new leader...
The residents of Leningrad ~d to restore the city’s original name of St Petersburg...
The parliament has ~d by an overwhelming majority to suspend its declaration of independence...
The Bridgeport Common Council ~d 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
Voting began about two hours ago.
If you ~ a particular political party or leader, or ~ yes or no, you make that choice with the ~ that you have.
52.5% of those questioned said they’d ~ Labour...
A single candidate is put forward and the people ~ yes or no.
VERB: V n, V yes/no
If people ~ someone a particular title, they choose that person to have that title.
His class ~d him the man ‘who had done the most for Yale.’...
VERB: V n n
see also block ~
If you ~ 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 ~ that’ a particular thing should happen, you are suggesting that this is what should happen. (INFORMAL)
I ~ that we all go to Holland immediately...
PHRASE: PHR that
One man one ~ or one person one ~ is a system of voting in which every person in a group or country has the right to cast their ~, and in which each individual’s ~ is counted and has equal value.
Mr Gould called for a move towards ‘one man one ~’...