1. An ardent wish or desire; a vow; a prayer. [Obs.]
2. A wish, choice, or opinion, of a person or a body of persons, expressed in some received and authorized way; the expression of a wish, desire, will, preference, or choice, in regard to any measure proposed, in which the person voting has an interest in common with others, either in electing a person to office, or in passing laws, rules, regulations, etc.; suffrage.
3. That by means of which will or preference is expressed in elections, or in deciding propositions; voice; a ballot; a ticket; as, a written vote.
The freeman casting with unpurchased hand
The vote that shakes the turrets of the land. --Holmes.
4. Expression of judgment or will by a majority; legal decision by some expression of the minds of a number; as, the vote was unanimous; a vote of confidence.
5. Votes, collectively; as, the Tory vote; the labor vote.
Casting vote, Cumulative vote, etc. See under Casting, Cumulative, etc.
Vote v. i. [imp. & p. p. Voted; p. pr. & vb. n. Voting.] To express or signify the mind, will, or preference, either viva voce, or by ballot, or by other authorized means, as in electing persons to office, in passing laws, regulations, etc., or in deciding on any proposition in which one has an interest with others.
The vote for a duelist is to assist in the prostration of justice, and, indirectly, to encourage the crime. --L. Beecher.
To vote on large principles, to vote honestly, requires a great amount of information. --F. W. Robertson.
Vote, v. t.
1. To choose by suffrage; to elec░; as, to vote a candidate into office.
2. To enact, establish, grant, determine, etc., by a formal vote; as, the legislature voted the resolution.
Parliament voted them one hundred thousand pounds. --Swift.
3. To declare by general opinion or common consent, as if by a vote; as, he was voted a bore. [Colloq.]
4. To condemn; to devote; to doom. [Obs.]
n 1: a choice that is made by voting; "there were only 17 votes
in favor of the motion" [syn: ballot, voting, balloting]
2: the opinion of a group as determined by voting; "they put
the question to a vote"
3: a legal right guaranteed by the 15th amendment to the US
constitution; guaranteed to women by the 19th amendment;
"American women got the vote in 1920" [syn: right to vote,
4: a body of voters who have the same interests; "he failed to
get the Black vote"
5: the total number of votes cast; "they are hoping for a large
vote" [syn: voter turnout]
v 1: express one's preference for a candidate or for a measure or
resolution; cast a vote; "He voted for the motion";
"None of the Democrats voted last night"
2: express one's choice or preference by vote; "vote the
3: express a choice or opinion; "I vote that we all go home";
"She voted for going to the Chinese restaurant"
4: be guided by in voting; "vote one's conscience"
5: bring into existence or make available by vote; "They voted
aid for the underdeveloped countries in Asia"