Meaning of “casting vote” in the English Dictionary

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"casting vote" in British English

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casting votenoun [ S ]

uk /ˌkɑː.stɪŋ ˈvəʊt/ us /ˌkæs.tɪŋ ˈvoʊt/

Examples from literature

  • For until you have a Chairman elected, there is no Chairman to give a casting vote. 
  • He presides in the senate, in which he has only a casting vote. 
  • I never enjoyed any thing so much as our illumination when Mr. Clay gave his casting vote, and carried Congress. 
  • It chanced that Rose had the casting vote. 
  • So she herself was left with the casting vote, and chose to go on! 

(Definition of “casting vote” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"casting vote" in Business English

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casting votenoun [ S ]

uk us

MEETINGS a single vote by the person in charge of a meeting, which is used to decide a question if the number of votes on each side is equal:

If there is a tie in the final round between the top two contenders, the president of the association will have the casting vote.

(Definition of “casting vote” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)