Topic: Voting


Word family noun vote voter verb vote
From King Dictionary of Contemporary English
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votevote1 /vəʊt $ voʊt/ ●●● S2 W2 verb 1 in election/to support [intransitive, transitive] to show which person or party you want, or whether you support a plan, by marking a piece of paper, raising your hand etc In 1918 British women got the right to for/against/in favour of I voted for the Labour candidate in the last election. 53% of Danes voted in favour of the Maastricht on The people of Ulster had finally been given a chance to vote on the to do something Congress voted to increase foreign aid by 10%. Shareholders voted to reject the Democrat/Republican/Labour/Conservative etc I’ve voted Democrat all my life. block voting at block1(5)2 vote somebody into/out of power/office/parliament etc3 choose for prizeCHOOSE [transitive] to choose someone or something for a particular prize by voting for themvote somebody/something sth In 1981 Henry Fonda was voted Best Actor for ‘On Golden Pond’.4 moneyPPV [transitive] if a parliament, committee etc votes a sum of money for something, they decide by voting to provide money for that particular purposevote something for something Parliament has voted £20 million extra funding for road improvements.5 vote something a success/the best etc6 I vote ...7 vote with your wallet8 vote with your feetGRAMMAR: ComparisonvoteYou vote for someone or something: Who are you going to vote for at the next election?Most MPs voted for the bill.You vote against someone or something: The committee voted against the decision. You vote to do something: Congress voted to change the law.passParliament, Congress etc passes a bill or law: Parliament passed a law against drug smuggling.Pass is often used in the passive in this meaning: The law was passed by a big majority.elect Elect is often used in the passive. You elect someone as something: She was elected as MP for Corby.You elect someone something: Obama was elected president in 2008.You elect someone to Parliament, Congress etc: She was elected to the Senate.COLLOCATIONSadverbs/NOUNSvote yes/noHow many people voted Yes in the referendum?vote Conservative/Democrat etc (=vote for someone who is Conservative etc)Cubans in the city of Miami have traditionally voted Republican.unanimously (=with everyone voting a particular way)The committee voted unanimously in favour of the proposition.overwhelmingly (=by a very large majority)On Dec. 7 delegates voted overwhelmingly to strike.narrowly (=by a small majority)The Senate voted narrowly to continue funding the controversial project.tactically (=not for the party you support, but to get an acceptable result)People appear to have voted tactically in order to prevent the Conservative candidate from gaining a seat.phrasesbe eligible/entitled to voteAll those aged 18 or over are eligible to vote.register to vote (=put your name on a list of voters)We must encourage people to register to vote. THESAURUSvote [intransitive, transitive] to show which person or party you want, or whether you support a plan, by marking a piece of paper, raising your hand etcI’ve voted Democrat all my life.You can vote for your favourite singer.A majority of the people voted for independence.In tomorrow’s election, many young people will be voting for the first time.elect [transitive] to choose a leader, representative, or government by voting, so that they become the new leader, representative etcHe was elected mayor of London.the newly-elected government I think we should start by electing a new chairman.go to the polls if a country or voters go to the polls, they vote in an election – used especially in news reportsThe US goes to the polls in November. The economic crisis could well be a decisive factor when voters go to the polls this autumn.take a vote if a group of people at a meeting take a vote, they vote about somethingWe should take a vote on whether or not to accept their offer.They took a vote and picked Bernard.cast your vote formal to mark a piece of paper, call a telephone number etc in order to voteThe first votes have been cast in the country’s general election.Click here to cast your vote.ballot [transitive] to ask the members of an organization to vote on something in order to decide what to doThe union will ballot its members on whether to go ahead with the strike action.veto [transitive] to vote against something that other people have agreed on, so that it cannot happenThe president has the right to veto any piece of legislation. vote something ↔ down vote somebody ↔ in vote somebody ↔ out vote something ↔ through
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voteA review of computer messages between council members during April shows some of them lobbying colleagues on how to vote.Mr Alton said official electoral registration surveys were inadequate, missing many people actually eligible to vote.Greg says he has never voted.Hundreds of people lost their lives in the past fighting for the right to vote.Compton, it is worth noting, had voted against Exclusion in the Lords in November 1680.Only two people voted against the expansion of the business.I've voted Democrat all my life.70% of the population voted for independence.In tomorrow's election, many young people will be voting for the first time.I haven't decided who I'm going to vote for.The vast majority of people voted in favour of closer links with Europe.All adults enjoy the right to vote in free general elections that must be held at least every 5 years.The Board of Supervisors has refused to vote more money for the project.Only 26 members of his own party ended up voting not to reprimand him.Teachers will be voting on a proposal to accept the 5% pay offer.This would allow Congress to count on the savings without ever voting to alter the index.But he could be forced from office if 61 members of the 120-seat Knesset voted to remove him.He was also voted top baritone player in Democrat/Republican/Labour/Conservative etcAs one goes further south, people will be paying lower regional taxes and will vote Conservative.In 1994 only 26 % continued to vote Democratic while 74 % voted Republican.The people of Britain will understand clearly that to achieve that they must vote Labour.I can not understand people who continue to vote Conservative after they have lost their homes or their jobs, or both.Men expect to vote Republican by a rate of 50 percent to 36 percent.Like many another newly enfranchised 18-year-olds, I voted Conservative in 1979.Then they voted Democrat in 1992 and 1996-and the Democrats won.I have voted Republican my entire somebody/something somethingWolf's program was just voted the best show on television.
votevote2 ●●● S2 W2 noun 1 choice by voting [countable] an act of voting in an election or meeting, or the choice that you make when you vote A vote for us is not a wasted vote. The proposal was rejected by 19 votes to for/in favour (of)/against The House of Representatives approved the budget, with 52 votes in favor, 16 against and 12 abstentions.cast your vote (=vote in a political election) Harkin won 74 percent of the votes cast. policies designed to win votes in the South It’s the club secretary that counts the votes. casting vote2 occasion of voting [countable usually singular] an occasion when a group of people vote in order to decide something or choose a representative SYN ballot The results of the vote were surprising – 80% of workers favoured strike on There will be a citywide vote (=all the voters in a particular city) on the matter.take/have a vote (on something) Unless anyone has anything to add, we’ll take a vote. Let’s have a vote on it.put something to the/a vote (=decide something by voting) Let’s put it to the vote. All those in favor raise your hands. free vote3 the vote4 the ... vote5 result of voting [singular] the result of a vote A close vote is expected. The motion was passed by a vote of 215 to 84.6 somebody/something gets my vote
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voteSeveral of the speakers could call for a vote of confidence during the debate.In early November Singh's beleaguered government lost a vote of confidence in the Lok Sabha.So a vote for amendment 27 will be a vote to prevent the social chapter being administered.Both sides expect a close vote.Clinton carried Ohio and its 21 electoral votes by barely 90,000 votes in the three-way race in 1992.Perot did not win any states or electoral votes, however.Do you think my vote really makes a difference?The Umpires' Association had planned to table a motion giving an official vote of support for Lamb.All the votes were counted before 6 o'clock.Forte already holds 68.36% of the equity and has rights to 42.12% of the group's total votesThey believed they could win votes in Sunderland just as surely as in Mid-Sussex.How could a philosophy of government that flew in the face of liberal pessimism win votes?The moral to be drawn from polls of that sort is that spending money on roads is going to win votes.put something to the/a voteWhen the matter was put to a vote, the staff voted overwhelmingly not to go on a vote of ... toThe resolution sailed through the House on August 7,1964, by a vote of 416 to 0.The bill passed the Senate on March 11,1974, by a vote of 76 to 11.On January 18,1977, by a vote of five to three, the commission passed the ordinance.The proposal was eventually passed by a vote of 1,767 to 177, with 644 abstentions.Three days later the Senate endorsed the Marshall Plan by a vote of sixty-nine to seventeen.The bill, with the formula, passed the Senate by a vote of 80 to 1.On June 11, the Vandenberg Resolution passed the Senate by a vote of sixty-four to four.Reassured, the Senate passed the treaty by a vote of eighty-two to one.
From King Business Dictionaryvotevote1 /vəʊtvoʊt/ verb [intransitive, transitive] to show by marking a paper, raising your hand etc which person you want to elect or whether you support a particular planvote for/against23% of shareholders voted for him as a new director.The board voted against filing a suit to recover the to do somethingCommittee members voted 9-2 to raise interest something downThe settlement offer collapsed after the House of Representatives voted it down (=rejected it).vote somebody inThe chairman was voted in (=elected) by a 12-1 majority.voter noun [countable]Voters did not like their anti-European stance.→ See Verb tablevotevote2 noun1[countable] when a group of people vote in order to decide or choose somethingThe results of the vote were surprising — 80% of workers favoured strike action.Creditors will take a vote on the reorganization plan later this year.2[countable] a choice or decision that someone makes by voting in an election or meetingThe union was only 23 votes short of the majority it needed. block vote casting vote3[countable] the right to voteEach share carries a vote.4[singular] the total number of votes made in an election or the total number of people who voteTheir proposal to oust the board got 78% of the vote.Origin vote2 (1200-1300) Latin votum promise, wish, from vovere to promise