from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A formal expression of preference for a candidate for office or for a proposed resolution of an issue.
- n. A means by which such a preference is made known, such as a raised hand or a marked ballot.
- n. The number of votes cast in an election or to resolve an issue: a heavy vote in favor of the bill.
- n. A group of voters alike in some way: the Black vote; the rural vote.
- n. The act or process of voting: took a vote on the issue.
- n. The result of an election or referendum.
- n. The right to participate as a voter; suffrage.
- intransitive v. To express one's preference for a candidate or for a proposed resolution of an issue; cast a vote: voting against the measure.
- intransitive v. To express a choice or an opinion.
- transitive v. To express one's preference for by vote: voted the straight Republican ticket.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To bring into existence or make available by vote: vote new funds for a program.
- transitive v. To be guided by in voting: vote one's conscience.
- transitive v. To declare or pronounce by general consent: voted the play a success.
- transitive v. Informal To state as a preference or opinion: I vote we eat out tonight.
- idiom vote with (one's) feet Informal To indicate a preference or an opinion by leaving or entering a particular locale: "If older cities are allowed to decay and contract, can citizens who vote with their feet ... hope to find better conditions anywhere else?” ( Melinda Beck).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A formalized choice on matters of administration or other democratic activities.
- n. An act or instance of participating in such a choice, e.g., by submitting a ballot.
- v. To cast a vote; to assert a formalised choice in an election.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An ardent wish or desire; a vow; a prayer.
- n. A wish, choice, or opinion, of a person or a body of persons, expressed in some received and authorized way; the expression of a wish, desire, will, preference, or choice, in regard to any measure proposed, in which the person voting has an interest in common with others, either in electing a person to office, or in passing laws, rules, regulations, etc.; suffrage.
- n. That by means of which will or preference is expressed in elections, or in deciding propositions; voice; a ballot; a ticket.
- n. Expression of judgment or will by a majority; legal decision by some expression of the minds of a number.
- n. Votes, collectively.
- intransitive v. To express or signify the mind, will, or preference, either viva voce, or by ballot, or by other authorized means, as in electing persons to office, in passing laws, regulations, etc., or in deciding on any proposition in which one has an interest with others.
- transitive v. To choose by suffrage; to elec�.
- transitive v. To enact, establish, grant, determine, etc., by a formal vote.
- transitive v. To declare by general opinion or common consent, as if by a vote.
- transitive v. To condemn; to devote; to doom.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An ardent wish or desire; a prayer; a vow.
- n. A suffrage; the formal expression of a will, preference, wish, or choice in regard to any measure proposed, in which the person voting has an interest in common with others, either in electing a person to fill a certain situation or office, or in passing laws, rules, regulations, etc.
- n. Hence That by which will or preference is expressed in elections; a ballot, a ticket, etc.: as, a written vote.
- n. That which is allowed, conveyed, or bestowed by the will of a majority; a thing conferred by vote; a grant: as, the ministry received a vote of confidence; the vote for the civil service amounted to $24,000,000.
- n. Expression of will by a majority; decision by some expression of the minds of a number; result of voting: as, the vote was unanimous; the vote was close.
- n. Votes collectively: as, a movement to capture the labor vote
- To give a vote; formally to express or signify the mind, will, or choice in electing persons to office, or in passing laws, regulations, and the like, or in deciding as to any measure in which one has an interest in common with others.
- To enact or establish by vote, as a resolution or an amendment.
- To grant by vote, as an appropriation.
- To declare by general consent; characterize by expression of opinion: as, they voted the trip a failure.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be guided by in voting
- n. a choice that is made by counting the number of people in favor of each alternative
- v. express one's choice or preference by vote
- v. bring into existence or make available by vote
- n. the total number of voters who participated
- n. the opinion of a group as determined by voting
- n. a body of voters who have the same interests
- v. express one's preference for a candidate or for a measure or resolution; cast a vote
- n. a legal right guaranteed by the 15th amendment to the US Constitution; guaranteed to women by the 19th amendment
- v. express a choice or opinion
Middle English, vow, from Latin vōtum, from neuter past participle of vovēre, to vow.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin votum, a form of voveō, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁ewegʷʰ-. Cognate with Ancient Greek εὔχομαι ("to vow"). (Wiktionary)