vote ( votes plural & 3rd person present) ( voting present participle) ( voted past tense & past participle )
1 n-count 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<endash10001well over 400 votes..., Mr Reynolds was re-elected by 102 votes to 60.
2 n-count Avote 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.
usu a N in sing
Why do you think we should have a vote on that?..., They took a vote and decided not to do it.
3 n-sing Thevote is the total number of votes or voters in an election, or the number of votes received or cast by a particular group.
usu the N
Opposition parties won about fifty-five per cent of the vote...
4 n-sing If you have thevote in an election, or have avote in a meeting, you have the legal right to indicate your choice.
Before that, women did not have a vote at all...
5 verb 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... V
It seems many people would vote for the government, at a general election, if there was a new leader... V prep
The residents of Leningrad voted to restore the city's original name of St Petersburg... V to-inf
The parliament has voted by an overwhelming majority to suspend its declaration of independence... V by n to-inf/prep
The Bridgeport Common Council voted 9:8 for a five percent tax increase. V num prep/to-inf
Voting began about two hours ago.
6 verb If you vote a particular political party or leader, or voteyes or no, you make that choice with the vote that you have.
52.5% of those questioned said they'd vote Labour... V n
A single candidate is put forward and the people vote yes or no. V yes/no
7 verb 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.'... V n n
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.
vote with one's feet phrase V inflects
Thousands of citizens are already voting with their feet, and leaving the country...
10 If you say `I votethat' a particular thing should happen, you are suggesting that this is what should happen.
I vote phrase PHR that
I vote that we all go to Holland immediately...
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.
one man one vote phrase Mr Gould called for a move towards `one man one vote'... vote in phrasal verb If people vote in a particular person or political party, they give enough votes to that person or party in an official election for them to hold a position of power.
(=elect) If he fails, then he will have little excuse in the eyes of those who voted him in... V n P The members of the national assembly will vote in a prime minister by a simple majority. V P n (not pron) vote out phrasal verb If people vote out a particular person or political party, they give that person or party so few votes in an official election that they no longer hold a position of power. And if the President doesn't make things better, other voters say, we'll vote him out, too... V n P They cannot join forces to vote her out of office... V n P of n And of course we all know we can vote out our councillors. V P n (not pron)
block vote ( block votes plural ) A block vote is a large number of votes that are all cast in the same way by one person on behalf of a group of people. n-count
casting vote ( casting votes plural ) When a committee has given an equal number of votes for and against a proposal, the chairperson can give a casting vote. This vote decides whether or not the proposal will be passed. n-count usu sing
The vote was tied and a local union leader used his casting vote in favour of the return to work.
protest vote ( protest votes plural ) In an election, a protest vote is a vote against the party you usually support in order to show disapproval of something they are doing or planning to do. n-count
swing vote ( swing votes plural ) In a situation when people are about to vote, the swing vote is used to talk about the vote of a person or group which is difficult to predict and which will be important in deciding the result.
(mainly AM, JOURNALISM) n-count
...a Democrat who holds the swing vote on the committee.
vote of confidence ( votes of confidence plural )
1 n-count A vote of confidence is a vote in which members of a group are asked to indicate that they still support the person or group in power, usually the government.
The Indian Prime Minister, V P Singh, lost a vote of confidence in the Indian parliament.
2 n-count A vote of confidence is something that you say or do which shows that you approve of or support a person or a group.
The ten-year deal is a vote of confidence in coal-fired power stations.
vote of no confidence ( votes of no confidence plural ) A vote of no confidence is a vote in which members of a group are asked to indicate that they do not support the person or group in power, usually the government. n-count usu sing
The opposition has called for a vote of no confidence in the government.
vote of thanks ( votes of thanks plural ) A vote of thanks is an official speech in which the speaker formally thanks a person for doing something. n-count usu sing
I would like to propose a vote of thanks to our host.