Meaning of “void” in the English Dictionary

"void" in British English

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voidnoun

uk /vɔɪd/ us /vɔɪd/

[ C usually singular ] a large hole or empty space:

She stood at the edge of the chasm and stared into the void.
Before Einstein, space was regarded as a formless void.

[ S ] a feeling of unhappiness because someone or something is missing:

They tried to describe their attempts to fill the void left by their son's death.

voidadjective

uk /vɔɪd/ us /vɔɪd/

voidverb [ T ]

uk /vɔɪd/ us /vɔɪd/

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

"void" in American English

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voidnoun [ C ]

us /vɔɪd/

void noun [ C ] (EMPTY SPACE)

a space with nothing in it:

Some parents use television to fill the void they have created by not spending enough time with their kids, he said.

voidadjective [ not gradable ]

us /vɔɪd/

void adjective [ not gradable ] (UNACCEPTABLE)

having no legal authority and therefore unacceptable:

The original version of her will was declared void.

voidverb [ T ]

us /vɔɪd/

void verb [ T ] (MAKE UNACCEPTABLE)

to remove the legal force from an agreement or contract:

I’ll just void the check and pay you in cash.

(Definition of “void” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"void" in Business English

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voidadjective

uk /vɔɪd/ us LAW

having no legal force and therefore unacceptable:

The judge declared the contract void.
The election was declared void and a new one will take place in October.
void ab initio

having no legal force from the beginning:

The agreement was declared void ab initio because he was under the legal age when he signed it.

voidverb [ T ]

uk /vɔɪd/ us LAW

to say that a contract, agreement, etc. no longer has legal force:

The state filed to void the company's license.
The company announced legal action to void its labour contracts as part of its reorganization.

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