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

 

gerrymander

 verb
(also jerrymander)verb
BrE BrE//ˈdʒerimændə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒerimændər//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gerrymander
BrE BrE//ˈdʒerimændə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒerimændər//
 
he / she / it gerrymanders
BrE BrE//ˈdʒerimændəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒerimændərz//
 
past simple gerrymandered
BrE BrE//ˈdʒerimændəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒerimændərd//
 
past participle gerrymandered
BrE BrE//ˈdʒerimændəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒerimændərd//
 
-ing form gerrymandering
BrE BrE//ˈdʒerimændərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒerimændərɪŋ//
 
 
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gerrymander something (disapproving) to change the size and borders of an area for voting in order to give an unfair advantage to one party in an election The city had been gerrymandered so that the Protestant minority retained control. Word Origin early 19th cent.: from the name of Governor Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts + salamander, from the supposed similarity between a salamander and the shape of a new voting district on a map drawn when he was in office (1812), the creation of which was felt to favour his party; the map (with claws, wings, and fangs added) was published in the Boston Weekly Messenger, with the title The Gerry-Mander.
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