Definition of “veto” - English Dictionary

“veto” in British English

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vetonoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈviː.təʊ/ us /ˈviː.t̬oʊ/ plural vetoes

an official power or right to refuse to accept or allow something:

The president has the power of veto over any bill that comes across his desk.
In theory the British government could use its veto to block this proposal.
The Senate voted to override the president's veto of the proposed measures.
mainly UK My parents put a veto on our watching television for more than two hours each evening.

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vetoverb [ T ]

uk /ˈviː.təʊ/ us /ˈviː.t̬oʊ/

to refuse to allow something:

In 1961, President De Gaulle vetoed Britain's entry into the Common Market.
[ + -ing verb ] My boss vetoed my taking any more time off this year.

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

“veto” in American English

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vetonoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈvi·t̬oʊ/ plural vetoes

politics & government the power to refuse to allow something to be done, or such a refusal:

[ C ] The president has promised a veto if Congress passes that bill.
[ U ] The mayor will have no veto over zoning.

vetoverb [ T ]

us /ˈvi·t̬oʊ/ present tense vetoes, present participle vetoing, past tense and past participle vetoed

politics & government to refuse to allow something to be done:

The governor said she would veto the bill unless certain parts were changed.
Cory wanted to drive the car, but her mom vetoed it.

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

“veto” in Business English

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vetonoun [ C ]

uk /ˈviːtəʊ/ us plural vetoes GOVERNMENT, POLITICS

an official power or right to refuse to accept or allow something even if most of the other people or organizations involved approve of it:

have/use/threaten a veto The British government could use its veto to block the proposal.
A two-thirds majority of the Senate would be needed to override the governor's veto of the bill.
The permanent members of the Security Council all have veto powers.
presidential veto
the power/right of veto

vetoverb [ T ]

uk /ˈviːtəʊ/ us vetoed, vetoed, vetoing GOVERNMENT, POLITICS

to refuse to allow or accept something such as a vote even if most of the other people or organizations involved approve of it:

veto a bill/deal/plan The President vetoed a bill that would have provided the program with an additional $35 billion over five years.
The bid was vetoed by European competition authorities.

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