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verb vote pronunciation in British English /vəʊt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlevoting
past tensevoted
past participlevoted
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to formally express an opinion by choosing between two or more issues, people etc
    vote on:

    The Council will vote on the proposal next Friday.

    vote for/in favour of/against:

    68 per cent of the union voted against striking.

    I’m going to vote for Jackson.

    vote to do something:

    The committee voted unanimously to ban alcohol from the concert.

    vote with someone (=in the same way as someone):

    The smaller parties will be voting with the government.

    vote Conservative/Labour etc:

    I voted Labour at the last election.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to show your choice of a person or an issue in an election

      I’ve already voted.

      register to vote (=sign a piece of paper so that you can vote):

      In Britain, you can register to vote when you are 18.

    2. b.
      [transitive] to choose something or someone to win a prize or an honour
      vote someone (as) something:

      She was votedActress of the Year’ by other Hollywood stars.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] informal to suggest what you would like to do in a particular situation
    vote (that):

    I vote that we go swimming.

    vote for:

    I vote for eating before we watch the video.


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