- 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[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. 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.).
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//