Meaning of VOTE in English

I. ˈvōt, usu -ōd.+V noun

( -s )

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


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

proposal was rejected by 5 votes in favor, 51 against, with two abstentions — U.N. Bulletin

4000 write-in votes for another candidate — H.H.Martin

— see casting vote

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

to increase its vote the party must appeal to the farmers

their aggregate popular vote in that region fell below 1200 — H.R.Penniman

polled a large vote

c. : an expression of opinion or preference that is held to resemble a vote

the consumer, by his votes when he buys or fails to buy, is the ultimate sovereign in a free economy — Eugene Staley

deserves a vote of thanks for his hard work

d. : ballot 1

members … who cast their vote into a single urn — E.S.Stavelay

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

the legislative vote on any issue thus tends to represent … the balance of power among the contending groups — Earl Latham

refused to take a vote on the question

chosen by the vote of the people of the city

3. : the right to cast a vote

every member of the community … should have a vote in electing those delegates — William Blackstone

specifically : the right of suffrage : franchise

the 19th Amendment gave American women the vote in national elections


a. : the act or process of voting

the question came to a vote

elect judges by popular vote — F.A.Ogg & P.O.Ray

put a question to the vote

b. : a method of voting

roll-call vote

5. obsolete

a. : a prayer of intercession : entreaty , petition

the heavens consent … in answer to the public votes — Ben Jonson

b. : an earnest desire : wish

the glory of God, is to be the alpha and omega of all our votes and desires — Robert Sanderson

6. obsolete : belief , report

by common vote , reputed the greatest empire in the Orient — Thomas Herbert

7. : a decision passed by or carried in an assembly as the result of voting : a formal expression of a wish, will, or choice (as in regard to a proposed measure) voted by a meeting

giving the votes of Parliament the authority of laws — Alexander Mudie

— compare censure 6, confidence 6d


a. : a person who is merely an embodiment of the right to vote

from a patriot of distinguish'd note have … purg'd me to a simple vote — Alexander Pope

b. : voter

took up his challenge in the name of the 39,000 stay-at-home votes — J.J.Chapman


a. : a number of voters or potential voters constituting a group usually with some common and identifying characteristics

appeals to the Polish vote

b. : the collective opinion expressed through voting of such a group

elections in which the independent vote has obviously tipped the balance — John Lodge

especially : the electoral support of such a group

Democrats need to worry about losing the Negro vote — Samuel Lubell

10. chiefly Britain

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

nearly two hundred votes, covering all branches of administrative expenditure … comprise the estimates — T.E.May

b. : appropriation

prisons had to be equipped and staff paid out of the annual votes for the naval services — Olive Anderson

11. often capitalized : a daily record of proceedings in the House of Commons — usually used in plural

no motion for the issue of a new writ shall be made without previous notice … in the votes — T.E.May

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

intransitive verb

1. : to express one's views in response to a poll

vote by a show of hands

especially : to exercise a political franchise

was interested in politics long before he was old enough to vote

2. : to express an opinion

voted by acts ranging from sullenness to suicide against the regime — D.W.Treadgold

transitive verb


a. : to choose or endorse by vote : elect , ratify

vote a straight party ticket

the resolution was voted by a two-thirds majority

— often used with in

vote in the whole slate of officers

b. : to decide the disposition of by vote

one British colony after another … was voting itself into an American state — Dorothy C. Fisher

a small membership meeting … voted the organization out of existence — Newsweek

c. : to defeat by vote

vote down a motion

vote an incumbent out of office

d. : to authorize by vote

vote an appropriation

voted an adequate force for the expedition — S.J.Buck

voted the president special emergency powers


a. : to adjudge by general agreement : declare

got talking who was the cleverest man … and we voted it was you — Frances H. Eliot

b. : to offer as a suggestion : move , propose

I vote we anchor out here — C.S.Forester


a. : to cause to vote in a given way : control the franchise of

mobilize small armies of cheap laborers … to be voted at the polls for a consideration — C.G.Bowers

build up a bloc of … states which could be voted as a unit — Newsweek

b. : to cause to be cast for or against a proposal in accordance with the wishes of the owner

nearly all the … stockholders mail proxies to me so I can vote them at the meetings — Erle Stanley Gardner

III. verb

- vote with one's feet

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