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Definition of vote verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they vote
    he / she / it votes
    past simple voted
    -ing form voting
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to show formally by marking a paper, raising your hand, etc. which person you want to win an election, or which plan or idea you support vote (for/against somebody/something) Did you vote for or against her? How did you vote in the last election? vote in favor of something Over 60% of members voted in favor of (= for) the motion. vote (on something) We'll listen to the arguments on both sides and then vote on it. Only about half of the electorate bothered to vote. vote something We voted Democratic in the last election. vote to do something The board voted to set up an independent investigation into the matter. Topic CollocationsPoliticspower create/form/be the leader of a political party gain/take/win/lose/regain control of Congress start/spark/lead/be on the brink of a revolution be engaged/locked in an internal power struggle lead/form a rival/breakaway faction seize/take control of power/the government bring down/overthrow/topple the government/president/regime abolish/overthrow/restore the monarchy establish/install a military dictatorship/a stable government be forced/removed/driven from office/power resign/step down as party leader/president/prime minister/governor/a senator enter/retire from/return to political lifepolitical debate spark/provoke a heated/hot/intense/lively debate engage in/participate in/contribute to (the) political/public debate (on/over something) get involved in/feel excluded from the political process launch/start/lead/spearhead a campaign/movement join/be linked with the peace/anti-war/feminist/civil rights movement criticize/speak out against/challenge/support the government lobby/put pressure on the government (to do something) come under fire/pressure from opposition partiespolicy call for/demand/propose/push for/advocate democratic/political/land reform(s) formulate/implement domestic economic policy change/influence/shape/have an impact on government/economic/public policy be consistent with/be in line with/go against/be opposed to government policy reform/restructure/modernize the tax system privatize/improve/deliver/make cuts in public services invest (heavily) in/spend something on schools/education/public services/(the) infrastructure nationalize the banks/the oil industry promise/propose/deliver/give ($80 billion in/significant/substantial/massive) tax cuts a/the budget is approved/passed by Congress/the House/the Senatemaking laws have a majority in/have seats in Congress/the House/the Senate propose/sponsor a bill/legislation/a resolution/an amendment introduce/bring in/draw up/draft/adopt/pass a bill/a law/a resolution/an amendment/legislation/measures amend/repeal an act/a law/legislation veto/vote against/oppose a bill/legislation/a measure/a proposal/a resolution get/require/be decided by a majority vote ⇨ more collocations at economy, vote
  2. 2[transitive, usually passive] vote somebody/something + noun to choose someone or something for a position or an award by voting He was voted most promising new director.
  3. 3[transitive, usually passive] vote something + noun to say that something is good or bad The event was voted a great success.
  4. 4[transitive] vote somebody/yourself something to agree to give someone/yourself something by voting The politicians have just voted themselves a huge pay raise.
  5. 5[transitive] vote (that)… to suggest something or support a suggestion that someone has made I vote (that) we go out to eat.
  6. Idioms
    vote with your feet
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    to show what you think about something by going or not going somewhere Shoppers voted with their feet and avoided the store.
    Phrasal Verbsvote somebody/somethingdownvote somebody invote somebody outvote somethingthrough
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 at economy, politics
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