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

     

    poll

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//pəʊl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//poʊl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they poll
    BrE BrE//pəʊl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//poʊl//
     
    he / she / it polls
    BrE BrE//pəʊlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//poʊlz//
     
    past simple polled
    BrE BrE//pəʊld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//poʊld//
     
    past participle polled
    BrE BrE//pəʊld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//poʊld//
     
    -ing form polling
    BrE BrE//ˈpəʊlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpoʊlɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to receive a particular number of votes in an election poll something They polled 39% of the vote in the last election. + adv./prep. The Republicans have polled well (= received many votes) in recent elections.
  2. 2[transitive, usually passive] poll somebody to ask a large number of members of the public what they think about something synonym survey Over 50% of those polled were against the proposed military action. The film was voted top by critics polled by ‘Movie’ magazine.
  3. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘head’): perhaps of Low German origin. The original sense was ‘head’, and hence ‘an individual person among a number’, which led to the sense ‘number of people ascertained by counting of heads’ and then ‘counting of heads or of votes’ (17th cent.).
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