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vote

verb [I or T] uk   /vəʊt/ us    /voʊt/
B1 to express your choice or opinion, especially by officially writing a mark on a paper or by raising your hand or speaking in a meeting: She was too young to vote in the national election. The committee voted on the proposal, and accepted it unanimously. Did you vote for or against the motion? Over 55 percent voted Liberal. [+ to infinitive] Staff voted to accept the offer of an eight percent pay rise. [+ (that)] I vote (that) we (= it is my opinion that we should) go to the cinema first and eat afterwards. [+ obj + noun ] The evening was voted a tremendous success (= this was most people's opinion). It was the younger members who voted Smith onto the committee. The Republican Party was voted into/out of office (= was chosen in an election to become/stop being the government).

vote

noun uk   /vəʊt/ us    /voʊt/
B1 [C] the act of showing your choice or opinion in an election or meeting by writing a cross on an official piece of paper or putting your hand up: The suggestion was approved, with 25 votes in favour, and seven against. She cast her vote (= voted) for the Communist Party. B2 [C usually singular] a way of making a decision by asking a group of people to vote: We called a meeting in order to take/hold a vote on the issue. the vote [S] the total number of votes given or received in an election: The party got/took 25 percent of the vote. They are trying to capture the working-class vote (= to persuade those people to vote for them). C1 the fact of being officially allowed to vote: In some countries women still don't have the vote. put sth to the/a vote to vote on something: The proposal was read out and then put to the vote.
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