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Definition of majority noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//məˈdʒɑrət̮i//
    (pl. majorities)
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  1. 1[singular] majority (of somebody/something) the largest part of a group of people or things The majority of people interviewed prefer TV to radio. The majority was in favor of banning smoking . This treatment is not available in the vast majority of hospitals. a majority decision (= one that is decided by what most people want) In the nursing profession, women are in a/the majority. opposite minority see also moral majority, silent majority
  2. 2[countable] the number of votes by which one political party wins an election; the number of votes by which one side in a discussion, etc. wins She was elected by/with a majority of the electoral votes. a clear (= large) majority majority (over somebody) They had a large majority over their nearest rivals. The Republicans do not have an overall majority (= more members than all the other parties added together). The resolution was carried by a huge majority. collocations at Topic CollocationsVoting in Electionsrunning for election conduct/hold an election/a referendum run for office/election/governor/mayor/president/the White House enter/run in/withdraw from the primary/Senate/gubernatorial race represent the Democrats/the Republican Party hold/contest a local/mid-term/primary/national election launch/run a presidential (election) campaign support/back a candidate sway/convince/persuade voters/the electorate appeal to/attract/woo/target/pander to swing voters fix/rig/steal an election/the votevoting go to/be turned away from a polling place/station cast a/your vote/ballot (for somebody) vote for the Republican candidate/the Democratic ticket mark/spoil your ballot paper count the early/absentee ballots go to/be defeated at the ballot box get/win/receive/lose votes get/win (60% of) the popular/black/Hispanic/Latino vote win power/the election/the primary/a senate seat/a majority lose an election/the vote/your majority/your seat win/come to power in a landslide (victory) (= with many more votes than any other party) elect/reelect somebody (as) mayor/president/congressman/congresswoman/a Senator/a Representativetaking power be sworn into office/in as president take/administer the oath of office give/deliver the inaugural address take/enter/hold/leave office appoint somebody (as) ambassador/governor/minister/a federal judge/a Supreme Court justice form a government/a cabinet serve two terms as president/in office ⇨ more collocations ateconomy,politicsabsolute majority
  3. 3[countable] the difference between the number of votes given to the candidate who wins the election and the total number of votes of all the other candidates see also plurality
  4. 4[uncountable] (law) the age at which you are legally considered to be an adult The age of majority in the United States is determined by the states, but it is usually 18.
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