A person casts his vote.
- The definition of a vote is an expression of a choice, or a decision by a group in an election or poll.
- An example of a vote is a citizen choosing of Barack Obama for president.
- An example of a vote is a city council approving a new housing development.
- Vote is defined as to participate in an election or to express a preference.
An example of vote is to head to the polls on Election Day.
- a decision by a group on a proposal, resolution, bill, etc., or a choice between candidates for office, expressed by written ballot, voice, show of hands, etc.
- the decision of any individual in the group
- the expression or indication of such a decision or choice
- the ticket, ballot, voice, or other means by which it is expressed
- the right to exercise such a decision or choice, as in a meeting, election, etc.; suffrage
- the total number of ballots cast: a light vote
- votes collectively: to get out the vote
- a specified group of voters, or their votes, collectively: the farm vote
Origin of voteLate Middle English (Scot) from Classical Latin votum, a wish, vow from neuter of votus, past participle of vovere, to vow from Indo-European base an unverified form ewegwh-, to speak solemnly, vow from source Sanskrit v?ghát, one who vows, Classical Greek euche, a vow, prayer
intransitive verbvot′ed, vot′ing
- to express the will or a preference in a matter by ballot, voice, etc.; give or cast a vote
- to declare a preference, wish, opinion, etc.: the departing spectators voted with their feet
- to decide, choose, enact, or authorize by vote
- to grant or confer by vote
- to support (a specified party ticket) in voting
- to declare by general opinion: voted the picnic a success
- Informal to suggest: I vote we leave now
to defeat by voting; decide against
to defeat (an incumbent) in an election
- a. A formal expression of preference for a candidate for office or for a proposed resolution of an issue: Let's decide the matter by vote.b. The act of voting: It took several votes to decide the matter.c. A means by which such a preference is made known, such as a raised hand or a marked ballot: looked around the room and counted the votes in favor.
- The number of votes cast in an election or to resolve an issue: a heavy vote in favor of the bill.
- A group of voters alike in some way: the African-American vote; the rural vote.
- The result of an election or referendum: The measure was defeated in a resounding negative vote.
- The right to participate as a voter; suffrage: when the nation gave the vote to women.
verbvot·ed, vot·ing, votes
- To express one's preference for a candidate or for a proposed resolution of an issue; cast a vote: voting against the measure.
- To express a choice or an opinion: The children voted unanimously by jumping up and down.
- To express one's preference for by vote: voted the straight Republican ticket.
- To decide the disposition of by vote, as by electing or defeating: vote in a new mayor; voted out their representative; vote down the amendment.
- To bring into existence or make available by vote: vote new funds for a program.
- To be guided by in voting: vote one's conscience.
- To declare or pronounce by general consent: voted the play a success.
- Informal To state as a preference or opinion: I vote we eat out tonight.
Origin of voteMiddle English vow from Latin vōtum from neuter past participle of vovēre to vow
- vot′a·ble vote′a·ble