ballot Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “ballot” in the English Dictionary

"ballot" in British English

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ballotnoun

uk   us   /ˈbæl.ət/
[C or U] a ​system or ​occasion of ​secretvoting: Representatives were ​elected by ballot. Everyone casts his or her ballot (= ​votes) in ​secret. They ​decided to hold a ballot. [C] (also ballot paper) a ​piece of ​paper on which you write ​yourvoteput sth to the ballot UK to ​votesecretly on a ​particularmatter: OK, this ​seems to be an ​area of ​disagreement, so let's put it to the ballot.
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ballotverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈbæl.ət/
to ​organize a ​secretvote by a ​group of ​people in ​order to ​find out ​theirviews: The ​uniondecided to ballot ​itsmembers on the ​issue.
(Definition of ballot from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ballot" in American English

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ballotnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈbæl·ət/
a ​piece of ​paper on which you write a ​secretvote The ballot is also a ​system or ​occasion of ​secretvoting: [U] Issues need to be ​considered in ​opendebate or put on the ballot.
(Definition of ballot from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"ballot" in Business English

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ballotnoun

uk   us   /ˈbælət/
[C] an occasion when ​peoplevote on something, usually in ​secret, or the ​system for ​voting: The ​officials are ​elected by ballot. About 45 ​percent of the state's 2.8 million ​registeredvoters cast a ballot in the ​primary. The ​union is ​planning to hold a ballot for ​strikeaction.
[C] (UK also ballot paper) a ​piece of ​paper on which you write your ​vote: In Britain, the ​normalshare of spoiled ballot ​papers in a ​generalelection is less than 1%.
[C or U] STOCK MARKET a ​method of choosing which ​investors will get ​shares that are being ​offered for the first ​time, when the ​demand for ​shares is greater than the ​number being ​offered

ballotverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈbælət/
to ​organize a ​secretvote by a ​group of ​people in ​order to ​find out their ​opinions: The ​union said it would ballot ​workers over ​industrialaction in a ​paydispute. Thousands of steelworkers are to be balloted for ​strikeaction.
STOCK MARKET to choose the ​investors who will get ​shares that are being ​offered for the first ​time, when the ​demand for ​shares is greater than the ​number being ​offered
(Definition of ballot from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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