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Definition of ballot verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    ballot

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈbælət//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbælət//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ballot
    BrE BrE//ˈbælət//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbælət//
     
    he / she / it ballots
    BrE BrE//ˈbæləts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæləts//
     
    past simple balloted
    BrE BrE//ˈbælətɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbælətɪd//
     
    past participle balloted
    BrE BrE//ˈbælətɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbælətɪd//
     
    -ing form balloting
    BrE BrE//ˈbælətɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbælətɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive] ballot somebody (on something) to ask somebody to vote in writing and secretly about something synonym poll The union balloted its members on the proposed changes. The workforce will be balloted over strike action.
  2. 2[intransitive] to vote secretly about something The workers balloted for a strike.
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (originally denoting a small coloured ball placed in a container to register a vote): from Italian ballotta, diminutive of balla.
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