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Vote definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

VOTE, n. [L. votum, from voveo, to vow. Votum is properly wish or will.]
1. Suffrage; 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 man to office, or in passing laws, rules, regulations and the like. This vote or expression of will may be given by holding up the hand, by rising and standing up, by the voice, [viva voce.] by ballot, by a ticket or otherwise. All these modes and others are used. Hence,
2. That by which will or preference is expressed in elections or in deciding propositions; a ballot; a ticket, etc.; as a written vote.
3. Expression of will be a majority; legal decision by some expression of the minds of a number; as, the vote was unanimous.
4. United voice in public prayer.
VOTE, v. i. To express or signify the mind,will or preference, in electing men to office, or in passing laws, regulations and the like, or in deciding on any proposition in which one has an interest with others. In elections, men are bound to vote for the best men to fill offices, according to their best knowledge and belief.
To vote for a duelist, is to assist in the prostration of justice, and indirectly to encourage the crime.
VOTE, v. t.
1. To choose by suffrage; to elect by some expression of will; as, the citizens voted their candidate into office with little opposition.
2. To enact ot establish by vote or some expression of will. The legislature voted the resolution unanimously.
3. To grant by vote or expression of will.
Parliament voted them a hundred thousand pounds.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a choice that is made by counting the number of people in favor of each alternative; "there were only 17 votes in favor of the motion"; "they allowed just one vote per person" [syn: vote, ballot, voting, balloting]
2: the opinion of a group as determined by voting; "they put the question to a vote"
3: a legal right guaranteed by the 15th amendment to the US Constitution; guaranteed to women by the 19th amendment; "American women got the vote in 1920" [syn: right to vote, vote, suffrage]
4: a body of voters who have the same interests; "he failed to get the Black vote"
5: the total number of voters who participated; "they are expecting a large vote" [syn: vote, voter turnout] v
1: express one's preference for a candidate or for a measure or resolution; cast a vote; "He voted for the motion"; "None of the Democrats voted last night"
2: express one's choice or preference by vote; "vote the Democratic ticket"
3: express a choice or opinion; "I vote that we all go home"; "She voted for going to the Chinese restaurant"
4: be guided by in voting; "vote one's conscience"
5: bring into existence or make available by vote; "They voted aid for the underdeveloped countries in Asia"

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English (Scots), from Latin votum vow, wish — more at vow Date: 15th century 1. 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 b. the total number of such expressions of opinion made known at a single time (as at an election) c. an expression of opinion or preference that resembles a vote d. ballot 1 2. the collective opinion or verdict of a body of persons expressed by voting 3. the right to cast a vote; specifically the right of suffrage ; franchise 4. a. the act or process of voting <brought the question to a vote> b. a method of voting 5. a formal expression of a wish, will, or choice voted by a meeting 6. a. voter b. a group of voters with some common and identifying characteristics <the labor vote> 7. chiefly British a. a proposition to be voted on; especially a legislative money item b. appropriation II. verb (voted; voting) Date: 1552 intransitive verb 1. to express one's views in response to a poll; especially to exercise a political franchise 2. to express an opinion <consumers…vote with their dollars — Lucia Mouat> transitive verb 1. to choose, endorse, decide the disposition of, defeat, or authorize by vote <he was voted out of office> 2. a. to adjudge by general agreement ; declare b. to offer as a suggestion ; propose <I vote we all go home> 3. a. to cause to vote in a given way b. to cause to be cast for or against a proposal 4. to vote in accordance with or in the interest of <vote your conscience> <voted their pocketbooks>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 a formal expression of choice or opinion by means of a ballot, show of hands, etc., concerning a choice of candidate, approval of a motion or resolution, etc. (let us take a vote on it; gave my vote to the independent candidate). 2 (usu. prec. by the) the right to vote, esp. in a State election. 3 a an opinion expressed by a majority of votes. b Brit. money granted by a majority of votes. 4 the collective votes that are or may be given by or for a particular group (will lose the Welsh vote; the Conservative vote increased). 5 a ticket etc. used for recording a vote. --v. 1 intr. (often foll. by for, against, or to + infin.) give a vote. 2 tr. a (often foll. by that + clause) enact or resolve by a majority of votes. b grant (a sum of money) by a majority of votes. c cause to be in a specified position by a majority of votes (was voted off the committee). 3 tr. colloq. pronounce or declare by general consent (was voted a failure). 4 tr. (often foll. by that + clause) colloq. announce one's proposal (I vote that we all go home). Phrases and idioms: put to a (or the) vote submit to a decision by voting. vote down defeat (a proposal etc.) in a vote. vote in elect by votes. vote of censure = vote of no confidence. vote of confidence (or no confidence) a vote showing that the majority support (or do not support) the policy of the governing body etc. vote with one's feet colloq. indicate an opinion by one's presence or absence. voting-machine (esp. in the US) a machine for the automatic registering of votes. voting-paper a paper used in voting by ballot. voting stock stock entitling the holder to a vote. Derivatives: votable adj. voteless adj. Etymology: ME f. past part. stem vot- of L vovere vow

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Vote Vote, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Voted; p. pr. & vb. n. Voting.] [Cf. F. voter.] 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. The vote for a duelist is to assist in the prostration of justice, and, indirectly, to encourage the crime. --L. Beecher. To vote on large principles, to vote honestly, requires a great amount of information. --F. W. Robertson.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Vote Vote, n. [L. votum a vow, wish, will, fr. vovere, votum, to vow: cf. F. vote. See Vow.] 1. An ardent wish or desire; a vow; a prayer. [Obs.] --Massinger. 2. 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. 3. That by means of which will or preference is expressed in elections, or in deciding propositions; voice; a ballot; a ticket; as, a written vote. The freeman casting with unpurchased hand The vote that shakes the turrets of the land. --Holmes. 4. Expression of judgment or will by a majority; legal decision by some expression of the minds of a number; as, the vote was unanimous; a vote of confidence. 5. Votes, collectively; as, the Tory vote; the labor vote. Casting vote, Cumulative vote, etc. See under Casting, Cumulative, etc.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Vote Vote, v. t. 1. To choose by suffrage; to elec?; as, to vote a candidate into office. 2. To enact, establish, grant, determine, etc., by a formal vote; as, the legislature voted the resolution. Parliament voted them one hundred thousand pounds. --Swift. 3. To declare by general opinion or common consent, as if by a vote; as, he was voted a bore. [Colloq.] 4. To condemn; to devote; to doom. [Obs.] --Glanvill.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(votes, voting, voted) Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English. 1. A vote is a choice made by a particular person or group in a meeting or an election. He walked to the local polling centre to cast his vote... The government got a massive majority–well over 400 votes... Mr Reynolds was re-elected by 102 votes to 60. N-COUNT 2. A vote is an occasion when a group of people make a decision by each person indicating his or her choice. The choice that most people support is accepted by the group. Why do you think we should have a vote on that?... They took a vote and decided not to do it. N-COUNT: usu a N in sing 3. The vote is the total number of votes or voters in an election, or the number of votes received or cast by a particular group. Opposition parties won about fifty-five per cent of the vote... N-SING: usu the N 4. If you have the vote in an election, or have a vote in a meeting, you have the legal right to indicate your choice. Before that, women did not have a vote at all... N-SING 5. When you vote, you indicate your choice officially at a meeting or in an election, for example by raising your hand or writing on a piece of paper. Two-thirds of the national electorate had the chance to vote in these elections... It seems many people would vote for the government, at a general election, if there was a new leader... The residents of Leningrad voted to restore the city's original name of St Petersburg... The parliament has voted by an overwhelming majority to suspend its declaration of independence... The Bridgeport Common Council voted
9:8 for a five percent tax increase.
VERB: V, V prep, V to-inf, V by n to-inf/prep, V num prep/to-infvoting Voting began about two hours ago. N-UNCOUNT 6. If you vote a particular political party or leader, or vote yes or no, you make that choice with the vote that you have. 52.5% of those questioned said they'd vote Labour... A single candidate is put forward and the people vote yes or no. VERB: V n, V yes/no 7. If people vote someone a particular title, they choose that person to have that title. His class voted him the man 'who had done the most for Yale.'... = elect VERB: V n n 8. see also block vote 9. If you vote with your feet, you show that you do not support something by leaving the place where it is happening or leaving the organization that is supporting it. Thousands of citizens are already voting with their feet, and leaving the country... PHRASE: V inflects 10. If you say 'I vote that' a particular thing should happen, you are suggesting that this is what should happen. (INFORMAL) I vote that we all go to Holland immediately... PHRASE: PHR that 11. One man one vote or one person one vote is a system of voting in which every person in a group or country has the right to cast their vote, and in which each individual's vote is counted and has equal value. Mr Gould called for a move towards 'one man one vote'... PHRASE

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. a. Devoted, promised, consecrated by a vow. II. n. 1. Suffrage, voice. 2. Ballot.

Moby Thesaurus

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