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Meaning of “poll” in the English Dictionary

"poll" in British English

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pollnoun

uk   /pəʊl/  us   /poʊl/
[C] a ​study in which ​people are ​asked for ​theiropinions about a ​subject or ​person: We're carrying out/​conducting a poll to ​find out what ​peoplethink about ​abortion. The ​latest opinion poll puts the Democrats in the ​lead.the polls [plural] the ​places where ​peoplevote in a ​politicalelection: The TV ​stationsagreed not to ​announce the ​projectedwinner until after the polls ​closed.go to the polls to ​vote: The ​country will go to the polls on 13 ​September.

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pollverb [T]

uk   /pəʊl/  us   /poʊl/
  • poll verb [T] (OPINION)

to ​ask a ​person for ​theiropinion as ​part of a ​generalstudy of what ​peoplethink about a ​subject: Half the ​people polled said they would ​pay more for ​environmentallyfriendlyfood.
(Definition of poll from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"poll" in American English

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pollnoun [C]

 us   /poʊl/
  • poll noun [C] (OPINION)

a ​study of a group’s ​opinion on a ​subject, in which ​people are questioned and ​theiranswersexamined: an ​opinion poll We took a poll this ​week.

pollverb [T]

 us   /poʊl/
  • poll verb [T] (RECEIVE VOTES)

to ​receive a ​particularnumber of ​votes in an ​election: Bob Friedman polled 67% of the ​vote.
  • poll verb [T] (OPINION)

to ​answerquestions as ​part of a ​study of a group’s ​opinion on a ​subject: Almost 86% of the ​parents polled said yes, and only 7% said no.
(Definition of poll from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"poll" in Business English

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pollnoun

uk   us   /pəʊl/
[C] a ​process in which a large ​number of ​people are ​asked for their ​opinions about a ​subject or ​person: The poll ​surveyed 1,282 adults ​nationwide.carry out/conduct a poll The ​magazineconducted a poll of 2,000 ​readers. In a poll recently, 8 out of 10 ​peoplestated that they were worried about ​debt. A recent opinion poll revealed that just one in four ​voterswants to see the ​party in ​power.
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(also the polls [plural]) POLITICS the fact of ​voting in a ​politicalelection, or the ​places where ​peoplevote: Voters' ​opinions will become ​clear at the polls. Next month the country will go to the polls in both presidential and parliamentary ​elections.
the poll POLITICS the ​number of ​votes in an ​election: She was ​elected decisively, with over 70% of the poll.
[C] an occasion when ​people in a ​group, ​company, etc. ​vote for or against something at a ​meeting: Each ordinary ​sharecarries one ​vote in the ​event of a poll of ​shareholders.

pollverb [T]

uk   us   /pəʊl/
to ​ask a large ​number of ​people for their ​opinions about a particular ​subject: poll sb on sth We poll ​employees on their views on particular aspects of ​companypolicy. Only one in five of those polled were in favour of the government's ​proposals.
POLITICS to receive a ​number of ​votes in an ​election: To ​win a ​seat, a ​candidate had to poll 50% ​plus one ​vote.
(Definition of poll from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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