Definition of vote in English:

vote

noun

  • 1A formal indication of a choice between two or more candidates or courses of action, expressed typically through a ballot or a show of hands or by voice.

    • ‘In manually counted elections, people can observe the votes from each ballot box being counted.’
    • ‘In London people will get three ballot papers and five votes on 10 June.’
    • ‘At the last general election in 2001 he had a majority of 4,275 votes over the Conservative candidate.’
    • ‘Election staffers did not notice the huge disparity between ballots cast and valid votes until two days after Election Day.’
    • ‘In 1952, the Republican Eisenhower got 56% of the votes in the general election.’
    • ‘With 363 voted, he was just thirteen short of the quota and was elected on the second count with votes to spare.’
    • ‘People must sign the declaration attached to the ballot paper or their vote will not be valid.’
    • ‘All you are talking about changing is in the region of five to ten votes per ballot box and that's what it will come down to.’
    • ‘Voters will have two votes on their ballot paper - one to vote for or against a regional assembly and the other to decide on the restructuring of local government.’
    • ‘Twelve MPs attended the meeting and four who were unable to be there sent votes by secret ballot.’
    • ‘At the recent elections seven candidates polled around 5,200 votes and came second in two seats.’
    • ‘Citizens cast their votes for candidates on the ballot.’
    • ‘His party candidate polled over 400 votes in the last election, which is higher than the current victory margin.’
    • ‘The state is reporting that more than 500,000 people have cast their votes via absentee ballots.’
    • ‘Anyone who votes for this act should not deserve our votes in the general election.’
    • ‘The simple system in which each voter gives a single vote to their favourite candidate can also lead to tactical voting.’
    • ‘He is likely to secure some votes in almost every ballot box in the county and could be over 3,000 when the tallies are done.’
    • ‘The 275 MPs will cast their votes by secret ballot.’
    • ‘An astonishing majority of Scottish voters cast their vote for candidates and parties running on pro-European tickets.’
    • ‘He garnered 296 votes in a ballot of 300 members of the election committee, with one member not showing up.’
    ballot, poll, election, referendum, plebiscite, public vote, general election, local election, popular vote, straw poll, show of hands
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    1. 1.1 An act of expressing a formal indication of choice.
      ‘they are ready to put it to a vote’
      • ‘But a nationalist boycott of the vote resulted in an overwhelming rejection of union with the republic.’
      • ‘I was going to post something, but couldn't decide between a possible four posts so I thought I'd put it to a vote.’
      • ‘When an offer was made, even though the union considered it to be an insult, the union did not put it to a vote.’
      • ‘The House held four plenary sessions debating the issue before it put it to a vote on Monday.’
      • ‘Okay, let's put it to a vote: Do we want to change the coverage, or keep it the same and dig deeper into our pockets?’
      • ‘They called unanimously for a strike vote and ballot papers have now gone out.’
      • ‘But she added the vote was secret because ballot papers are locked away until they are counted on June 10.’
      • ‘However, the changes are unlikely to be put to the vote before the parliamentary elections in June.’
      • ‘At the time we said we'd draw up a shortlist and put it to a vote.’
    2. 1.2the vote The choice expressed collectively by a body of electors or by a specified group.
      ‘the Republican vote in Florida’
      • ‘But it did win significant shares of the vote in some of the 120 constituencies where it put up a candidate.’
      • ‘Labour attracted its lowest share of the vote since 1935, and the Conservatives attained a majority of 144.’
      • ‘The decision will be put by referendum to the vote of electors in the different regions.’
      • ‘But their share of the vote at 32 per cent had barely altered from that of the two previous elections.’
      • ‘He and the other independent between them got 65 per cent of the vote as the electorate gave two fingers to party politics.’
      • ‘That result puts Labour back in office with the lowest share of the vote in British electoral history.’
      • ‘Its share of the vote is back to where it was in the 2004 local elections, and from which it went on to win the following year's general election.’
      • ‘Despite some state suppression, it gained 17 per cent of the vote in the 1937 elections.’
      • ‘The Tory share of the vote increased by only 1%, but they are undoubtedly back in business.’
      • ‘He won the election with 52 per cent of the vote - the biggest election victory in the history of the club.’
      • ‘At least a 60 per cent share of the vote was needed to effect any change.’
      • ‘We were the only major party to increase our share of the vote and I believe that our positive and non-sectarian attitude was the reason.’
      • ‘He won a big majority on a low share of the vote in 1997 and enjoyed another landslide three years ago on a very low turnout.’
      • ‘He said he was pleased his share of the vote went up 1,500.’
      • ‘For the first time ever in a federal election, the Green Party won a significant share of the vote.’
      • ‘The runner-up spot would be an undreamed of triumph for the Tories, but probably her best hope is for a significantly increased share of the vote.’
      • ‘Voting will be by means of proportional representation with the number of seats a political party gets corresponding to its overall share of the vote.’
      • ‘Crucially though, they failed to significantly increase their share of the vote.’
      • ‘With 680,000 members and a 21 percent share of the vote, it was the largest Italian party at the time.’
      • ‘As a result our share of the vote dropped and we lost one of our six Westminster seats.’
    3. 1.3the vote The right to indicate a choice in an election.
      • ‘One of the guests seemed to say that if women hadn't had the vote every election since World War II would have been won by the Labour Party.’
      • ‘In 1928, all women were given the vote, thus creating universal suffrage.’
      • ‘In 1906, Finland became the first nation to give women the vote in national elections.’
      • ‘A bill to give women the vote in local elections was introduced into the French parliament in 1906, but was promptly defeated.’
      • ‘This act, which redistributed the parliamentary seats and more than doubled the electorate, gave the vote to many working men in the towns.’
      suffrage, franchise, enfranchisement, right to vote, voting rights
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verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1Give or register a vote.

    ‘they voted against the resolution’
    with complement ‘I voted Republican’
    • ‘This sounds idealistic, of course, but voting isn't something that should take one day.’
    • ‘An indirect initiative is where the state legislature will vote on the proposal put forward.’
    • ‘Finally, the Legislature will vote to pass the entire budget lock, stock and barrel.’
    • ‘If you're only thinking ideologically, of course you vote for the incumbent of your own party.’
    • ‘As far as I was concerned I would be registered to vote at the next election.’
    • ‘This was despite a record of 13 million new voters registering to vote in 1992.’
    • ‘The Council consulted him and discussed legislative projects, while the Senate voted on those projects.’
    • ‘Two-thirds of each house of the state legislature must then vote for it, and the governor then sign it.’
    • ‘New voters who register close to election day are more likely to vote than voters who registered a year or so before the election.’
    • ‘I am looking forward with interest to see how the Government votes tonight.’
    • ‘If a recall motion is submitted, the legislature must vote on it within 15 days.’
    • ‘A direct initiative is where registered voters vote on the proposal put forward.’
    • ‘It is not a criminal offence to vote as you wish in a democratic society.’
    • ‘All this will happen, of course, after the voting has taken place and the result has been declared.’
    • ‘So of course city-dwellers voted for someone who promised more government welfare.’
    • ‘Voters will be able to vote before normal polling day.’
    • ‘So they accompanied us, even though of course they couldn't vote.’
    • ‘People vote for their elected leaders, of course, but they vote for lawmakers to make laws.’
    • ‘Then the whole Senate votes for or against confirmation.’
    • ‘I wasn't registered to vote in Liverpool, where I was a student.’
    go to the polls, cast one's vote, mark one's ballot paper
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    1. 1.1with object and adverbial or complement Cause (someone) to gain or lose a particular post or honor by means of a vote.
      ‘incompetent judges are voted out of office’
      • ‘It is time that these politicians were voted out and replaced by those accountable to the people.’
      • ‘They may blame the failure on officials but frustrated commuters aren't going to vote civil servants out of office.’
      • ‘If the people vote him in, and he wins the referendum they will be big celebrations all over the country.’
      • ‘For many Americans, the answer to that question was no, and incumbent President Jimmy Carter was voted out of office.’
      • ‘The greater question is why we continue to vote people into office on platforms that allow this to happen.’
      • ‘He has also hinted that if he is voted into office he may default on Turkey's large public-sector debt.’
      • ‘After Labour went into opposition in 1970, she was even voted off the shadow cabinet.’
      • ‘The people vote you in to lead, provide the leadership and they will follow.’
      • ‘The teachers also vote a member of staff onto the council.’
      • ‘She does not face the possibility of impeachment, nor may she be voted out of office.’
      • ‘He said that if people did not like the way their elected ‘sheriff’ ran the force, they could vote him out of office.’
      • ‘It was not good for local government when people were voted back in by default, she said.’
      • ‘I don't think American citizens have the power to vote someone in who will do the right thing.’
      • ‘If he went on like this, he was in danger of being in the toilet when he was voted in as Taoiseach.’
      • ‘Members may well argue that we are voted in on the basis of support for our party.’
      • ‘He was eventually voted out of office in 1990, beaten by a US-backed candidate.’
      • ‘Here's a tip: when someone starts whining about wanting to be voted out, vote him out!’
      • ‘The people will vote you in because you are the one making a difference in their lives.’
      • ‘They voted us to be here in this building, in Parliament, to be their voice.’
      • ‘With term limits, you get only one chance to vote someone out of office.’
      elect, return, put in power, select, choose, pick, adopt, appoint, designate, opt for, plump for, decide on, settle on, fix on
      depose, oust, push out, turn out, remove from office, remove from power, unseat, dethrone, displace, dismiss, discharge, dislodge, eject, cashier
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    2. 1.2informal with clause Used to express a wish to follow a particular course of action.
      ‘I vote we have one more game’
      suggest, propose, recommend, advocate, move, table, submit
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    3. 1.3with object (of a legislature) grant or confer by vote.
      • ‘Therefore it would be unseemly for Parliament to vote money for a member of the royal family.’
      • ‘In 1856 the South Australian government had voted a sum of money to help in the search for gold.’
    4. 1.4vote something downwith object Reject something by means of a vote.
      • ‘But the amendment was voted down when it went to the state legislatures.’
      • ‘I thought he was going to stand up and vote it down.’
      • ‘Even if the commission unanimously recommends such a tax, Congress will vote it down.’
      • ‘We provided the Government with the opportunity to vote for the very wording that is in the Sentencing Act, designed to make judges use the full scale of available sentences, and this Government voted that amendment down.’
      • ‘There was loud applause and cheering when it was voted down.’
      • ‘If she does, she will vote this bill down, as would any other member of the Government who has the courage of his or her convictions on this issue.’
      • ‘The Minister and her colleagues voted that bill down.’
      • ‘I was very hopeful that the Government would see fit to introduce concepts like shared parenting, like a proper open Family Court, and I have been disappointed to see that the Government has voted those amendments down.’
      • ‘The union signaled its prostration before management by organizing department assemblies at which officials warned autoworkers that if they voted the plan down, management would sack 3,000 workers.’
      • ‘This is very bad legislation and we ought to vote it down.’
      • ‘It will vote the bill down, and that is a disgrace.’
      • ‘This October, the entire region will be given the chance to endorse the assembly plans or vote them down in a referendum.’
      • ‘Clearly it will be voted down by this House, and we think that that is a shame.’
      • ‘We will give them another chance to vote the bill down.’
      • ‘The membership handily voted it down, but the very fact that the union bureaucracy has introduced the proposal signifies that it is laying the groundwork for an outright surrender…’
      • ‘By the time the Club's membership had voted the measure down, a lot of participants were embittered and the environmental movement was tarnished in the eyes of many onlookers.’
      • ‘It did not however spell out a timetable for giving the public the right to elect the territory's leader and lawmakers, and unconvinced opposition lawmakers have vowed to vote it down in the legislature.’
      • ‘The task will be to get the highest possible numbers of council workers participating to vote the offer down by an absolutely huge majority.’
      • ‘It could have voted the legislation down, if it had wanted to.’
      • ‘I say we should put this issue to a referendum, because I believe that the people would vote it down.’
      veto, defeat, vote down, rule against, reject, throw out, overrule, stop, block, put a stop to, put an end to, quash, overturn, disallow
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Phrases

  • vote of confidence

    • A vote showing that a majority continues to support the policy of a leader or governing body.

      • ‘He also secured the continuation of his government through a vote of confidence.’
      • ‘He was not resigning and would instead table a vote of confidence in parliament on Thursday.’
      • ‘Dissolution may be sought when the government loses a vote of confidence or its majority is threatened by split or defection.’
      • ‘My alternative suggestion was that he should initiate a vote of confidence from the Parliamentary Party.’
      • ‘The Cabinet was announced Sunday and is to face a parliamentary vote of confidence tomorrow.’
      • ‘It deserves a vote of confidence from investors and political leaders alike.’
      • ‘Votes on items such as the budget are legitimately votes of confidence in the government and party discipline should prevail.’
      • ‘His vigorous economic and foreign policy has received a solid vote of confidence.’
      • ‘A majority of 211 is a pretty convincing vote of confidence, in my humble opinion.’
  • vote of no confidence (or vote of censure)

    • A vote showing that a majority does not support the policy of a leader or governing body.

      • ‘There is support for a vote of no confidence in the union's national executive, triggering new elections.’
      • ‘The Labour Party is expected to call for a vote of no confidence in parliament this coming week, although it is unlikely to win.’
      • ‘They are subject to frequent votes of no confidence, and government leadership changes frequently as a result.’
      • ‘Only 25 of them are needed to trigger a vote of no confidence in the leader.’
      • ‘Talks resumed today after parliament passed a vote of no confidence in the government.’
      • ‘Opposition parties must find 276 votes to overthrow the Government in a vote of no confidence.’
      • ‘He quit following a vote of no confidence by the student body.’
      • ‘The leaders of the opposition parties hinted at possible votes of no confidence against the Government.’
      • ‘He predicts that the demonstrations will reach their peak in two months and force the government to face a vote of no confidence in parliament.’
      • ‘Opposition parties are debating whether to request a vote of no confidence in the Government over its handling of crime.’
  • vote someone/something off the island

    • informal Dismiss or reject someone or something as unsatisfactory.

      ‘when a CEO gets voted off the island, the CFO typically gets dumped, too’
      • ‘In the corporate world, when a CEO gets voted off the island, or even ships out voluntarily, the CFO typically gets dumped, too.’
      • ‘Pitifully, I was the second co-op to get voted off the island.’
      • ‘The disputes erupted into a near fistfight at the Golden Globe awards, where one of The Aviator's four producers, barged into the winners ' photo backstage, even though he had been summarily voted off the island by the other three.’
      • ‘I think the company did almost get voted off the island.’
      • ‘The Panasonic had many great qualities, and was a perfect fit in our new corner entertainment unit, but alas, it too was voted off the island, for reasons I'll describe shortly.’
      • ‘With just 13 weeks before the first votes, the nine survivors of Primary '04 (Florida Senator Bob Graham was voted off the island on Oct. 6) must show that they have the financial heft to take on President Bush.’
      • ‘I asked Daughter what she thought of our homegrown dictator and she said, "You all really need to vote her off the island."’
      • ‘If sports were a reality show, there would be a lot of people I'd vote off the island, starting with the ones who yell, "I got it!"’
      • ‘As a media personality and professor he is safely ensconced in a system that can never vote him off the island.’
      • ‘'It wasn't just attrition,' says a former board member. 'You left because Kevin voted you off the island.'’
  • vote with one's feet

    • informal Indicate an opinion by being present or absent.

      • ‘They are voting with their feet by not going to the ballot box because they don't feel there's anything to vote for.’
      • ‘A spokesman added: ‘People are voting with their feet by not using the bus station.’’
      • ‘As our pay falls, staff are voting with their feet and going to work elsewhere.’
      • ‘The people were voting with their feet and their dollars.’
      • ‘He said Ireland's high class sizes and lack of support for children with behavioural problems meant teaching is an increasingly stressful job and teachers were voting with their feet.’
      • ‘I'll be voting with my feet and boycotting the contest.’
      • ‘And so far fans seem to be voting with their feet.’
      • ‘Swindon people are voting with their feet and avoiding the town centre if at all possible.’
      • ‘The minister said by voting with their feet, parents had indicated there were severe problems which needed to be addressed.’
      • ‘Shoppers and visitors appear to be voting with their feet to desert town centre shopping in favour of the big complexes where parking is free.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin votum ‘a vow, wish’, from vovere ‘to vow’. The verb dates from the mid 16th century.

Pronunciation

vote

/vōt//voʊt/