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

     

    veto

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈviːtəʊ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈviːtoʊ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they veto
    BrE BrE//ˈviːtəʊ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈviːtoʊ//
     
    he / she / it vetoes
    BrE BrE//ˈviːtəʊz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈviːtoʊz//
     
    past simple vetoed
    BrE BrE//ˈviːtəʊd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈviːtoʊd//
     
    past participle vetoed
    BrE BrE//ˈviːtəʊd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈviːtoʊd//
     
    -ing form vetoing
    BrE BrE//ˈviːtəʊɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈviːtoʊɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1veto something to stop something from happening or being done by using your official authority (= by using your veto) Plans for the dam have been vetoed by the Environmental Protection Agency. The president effectively vetoed this measure. The Senate has the power to veto legislation. 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 the government/​power 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/​an MP/​president/​prime minister 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/ (especially North American English) passed by parliament/​congressMaking laws have a majority in/​have seats in Parliament/​Congress/​the Senate propose/​sponsor a bill/​legislation/​a resolution introduce/​bring in/​draw up/​draft/​adopt/​pass a bill/​a law/​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
  2. 2veto something to refuse to accept or do what somebody has suggested synonym rule somebody/somethingout I wanted to go camping but the others quickly vetoed that idea.
  3. Word Origin early 17th cent.: from Latin, literally ‘I forbid’, used by Roman tribunes of the people when opposing measures of the Senate.
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