Definition of downvote in English:



[with object]
  • (in an online context) register disapproval of or disagreement with (a post or poster) by means of a particular icon.

    ‘I had to resist the urge to downvote the first serious comment’
    ‘you can downvote me all you want, but the refereeing this season has been absolutely deplorable’
    no object ‘if you want to downvote, go ahead’
    • ‘Why downvote a person for suggesting you keep insurance on your car at all times?’
    • ‘I can't downvote yet but I'm hoping others will step in and do it.’
    • ‘We just downvote everyone we disagree with.’
    • ‘I was speaking in general for whoever did downvote my comment!’
    • ‘However still rather annoying that we can't upvote or downvote comments.’
    • ‘You, of course, are free to not find it funny and downvote or reply as you see fit.’
    • ‘If you offer an opinion, someone will likely disagree and downvote.’
    • ‘I agree actually, which is why I personally didn't downvote him.’
    • ‘Someone is working overtime with his multiple accounts to downvote you.’
    • ‘I downvote you for being an ignorant, overreacting, emotional wreck over arbitrary ranking.’
    • ‘Please watch the video before you downvote or make comments without understanding the history or purpose.’


  • (in an online context) an instance of using a particular icon to register disapproval of or disagreement with a post or poster.

    ‘there is absolutely nothing in his comment that deserves a downvote’
    ‘I am making it my mission to counter every downvote you are given for critiquing his grammar’
    • ‘Does the downvote cancel out their comment then or not?’
    • ‘Hell, there are people out there who give me a downvote every time they see my name.’
    • ‘Didn't we used to have downvote buttons?’
    • ‘You got a downvote because people want the right to judge and a rule to judge it by.’
    • ‘It was someone else pointing out this this comment did not deserve the downvote.’
    • ‘What did he say that constitutes a downvote?’
    • ‘Simply disagreeing with someone does not constitute a downvote.’
    • ‘It's a small distance from the upvote arrow to the downvote arrow.’
    • ‘I should give you a downvote for that comment.’
    • ‘A downvote troll or two is out in force, and apparently doesn't like it when you (or anyone) posts facts.’
    • ‘You get 2 points for each upvote and lose one point for each downvote.’