vote - definition and synonyms


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  1. [countable] the formal expression of a choice between two or more issues, people etc

    My vote will go to the candidate who promises tax reform.

    vote for/in favour of/against:

    There were only 62 votes for the proposal, compared with 740 against.

    cast a vote (=mark a piece of paper to show who you are voting for):

    In Britain many people cast their votes at local schools.

    something costs someone votes (=makes them lose votes):

    This policy will cost her thousands of votes.

    1. a.
      [countable] an occasion when people formally choose between two or more issues, people etc in an election

      The result of the vote will be announced tomorrow.

      have/take a vote (on something):

      Let’s have a vote on where to go for our holidays.

      put something to the vote (=give people the chance to vote on something):

      Our boss decided to put the issue to the vote.

    2. b.
      [singular] the total number of votes made in an election

      The Labour Party’s share of the vote increased.

      get/win/secure/poll a percent of the vote:

      The Tories won 53 per cent of the popular vote.

      split the vote (=cause people to vote for different things):

      The new environmental party split the liberal vote.