Meaning of VOTE in English

I. ˈvōt noun

Etymology: Middle English (Scots), from Latin votum vow, wish — more at vow

Date: 15th century


a. : a usually formal expression of opinion or will in response to a proposed decision ; especially : one given as an indication of approval or disapproval of a proposal, motion, or candidate for office

b. : the total number of such expressions of opinion made known at a single time (as at an election)

c. : an expression of opinion or preference that resembles a vote

d. : ballot 1

2. : the collective opinion or verdict of a body of persons expressed by voting

3. : the right to cast a vote ; specifically : the right of suffrage : franchise


a. : the act or process of voting

brought the question to a vote

b. : a method of voting

5. : a formal expression of a wish, will, or choice voted by a meeting


a. : voter

b. : a group of voters with some common and identifying characteristics

the labor vote

7. chiefly British

a. : a proposition to be voted on ; especially : a legislative money item

b. : appropriation

II. verb

( vot·ed ; vot·ing )

Date: 1552

intransitive verb

1. : to express one's views in response to a poll ; especially : to exercise a political franchise

2. : to express an opinion

consumers… vote with their dollars — Lucia Mouat

transitive verb

1. : to choose, endorse, decide the disposition of, defeat, or authorize by vote

he was voted out of office


a. : to adjudge by general agreement : declare

b. : to offer as a suggestion : propose

I vote we all go home


a. : to cause to vote in a given way

b. : to cause to be cast for or against a proposal

4. : to vote in accordance with or in the interest of

vote your conscience

voted their pocketbooks

- vote with one's feet

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.