vote [vōt]
[LME (Scot) < L votum, a wish, vow < neut. of votus, pp. of vovere, to vow < IE base * ewegwh-, to speak solemnly, vow > Sans vāghát, one who vows, Gr euche, a vow, prayer]
a) 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.
b) the decision of any individual in the group
a) the expression or indication of such a decision or choice
b) the ticket, ballot, voice, or other means by which it is expressed
3. the right to exercise such a decision or choice, as in a meeting, election, etc.; suffrage
a) the total number of ballots cast [a light vote]
b) votes collectively [to get out the vote]
c) a specified group of voters, or their votes, collectively [the farm vote]
voted, voting
1. to express the will or a preference in a matter by ballot, voice, etc.; give or cast a vote
2. to declare a preference, wish, opinion, etc. [the departing spectators voted with their feet]
a) to decide, choose, enact, or authorize by vote
b) to grant or confer by vote
c) to support (a specified party ticket) in voting
2. to declare by general opinion [voted the picnic a success]
3. Informal to suggest [I vote we leave now]
vote down
to defeat by voting; decide against
vote in
to elect
vote out
to defeat (an incumbent) in an election

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