Meaning of “ballot” in the English Dictionary

"ballot" in British English

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ballotnoun

uk /ˈbæl.ət/ us /ˈbæl.ət/

[ C or U ] a system or occasion of secret voting:

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 your vote

put sth to the ballot UK

to vote secretly on a particular matter:

OK, this seems to be an area of disagreement, so let's put it to the ballot.

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ballotverb [ T ]

uk /ˈbæl.ət/ us /ˈbæl.ət/

(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 secret vote

The ballot is also a system or occasion of secret voting:

[ U ] Issues need to be considered in open debate 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 /ˈbælət/ us

[ C ] an occasion when people vote 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 registered voters cast a ballot in the primary.
The union is planning to hold a ballot for strike action.

[ C ] UK also ballot paper a piece of paper on which you write your vote:

In Britain, the normal share of spoiled ballot papers in a general election 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 /ˈbælət/ us

to organize a secret vote by a group of people in order to find out their opinions:

The union said it would ballot workers over industrial action in a pay dispute.
Thousands of steelworkers are to be balloted for strike action.

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)