- 1 [countable] vote (for/against somebody/something) a formal choice that you make in an election or at a meeting in order to choose someone or decide something There were 21 votes for and 17 against the motion, with 2 abstentions. The motion was passed by 6 votes to 3. The chairperson has the casting/deciding vote. The Independent candidate won over 3,000 of the 14,000 votes cast.
- 2 [countable] vote (on something) an occasion when a group of people vote on something to take a vote on an issue The issue was put to a vote. The vote was unanimous. Thesauruselectionvote referendum ballotThese are all words for an event in which people choose a representative or decide something by voting.election an occasion on which people officially choose a political representative or government by voting:Whom did you vote for in the last election?vote an occasion on which a group of people vote for someone or something:They took a vote on who should go first.referendum an occasion on which all the adults in a district can vote on a particular issueballot the system of voting by marking an election paper, especially in secret; an occasion on which a vote is held:The leader will be chosen by secret ballot. Ballot is usually used about a vote within an organization rather than an occasion on which the public vote.Patterns a national/local election/vote/referendum/ballot to have/hold/conduct a(n) election/vote/referendum/ballot
- 3the vote [singular] the total number of votes in an election She obtained 40% of the vote. The party increased their share of the vote.
- 4the vote [singular] the vote given by a particular group of people, or for a particular party, etc. the student vote the Hispanic vote
- 5the vote [singular] the right to vote, especially in political elections In the U.S., people get the vote at 18. see also block vote
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