From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishvotevote1 /vəʊt $ voʊt/ ●●● S2 W2 verb 1 in election/to support [intransitive, transitive] to show which person or party you want, or whether you support a plan, by marking a piece of paper, raising your hand etc In 1918 British women got the right to vote.vote for/against/in favour of I voted for the Labour candidate in the last election. 53% of Danes voted in favour of the Maastricht treaty.vote on The people of Ulster had finally been given a chance to vote on the issue.vote to do something Congress voted to increase foreign aid by 10%. Shareholders voted to reject the offer.vote Democrat/Republican/Labour/Conservative etc I’ve voted Democrat all my life. → block voting at block1(5)2 → vote somebody into/out of power/office/parliament etc3 choose for prizeCHOOSE [transitive] to choose someone or something for a particular prize by voting for themvote somebody/something sth In 1981 Henry Fonda was voted Best Actor for ‘On Golden Pond’.4 moneyPPV [transitive] if a parliament, committee etc votes a sum of money for something, they decide by voting to provide money for that particular purposevote something for something Parliament has voted £20 million extra funding for road improvements.5 → vote something a success/the best etc6 → I vote ...7 → vote with your wallet8 → vote with your feetGRAMMAR: Comparisonvote• You vote for someone or something: Who are you going to vote for at the next election?Most MPs voted for the bill.• You vote against someone or something: The committee voted against the decision. • You vote to do something: Congress voted to change the law.pass• Parliament, Congress etc passes a bill or law: Parliament passed a law against drug smuggling.• Pass is often used in the passive in this meaning: The law was passed by a big majority.elect • Elect is often used in the passive. • You elect someone as something: She was elected as MP for Corby.• You elect someone something: Obama was elected president in 2008.• You elect someone to Parliament, Congress etc: She was elected to the Senate.COLLOCATIONSadverbs/NOUNSvote yes/noHow many people voted Yes in the referendum?vote Conservative/Democrat etc (=vote for someone who is Conservative etc)Cubans in the city of Miami have traditionally voted Republican.unanimously (=with everyone voting a particular way)The committee voted unanimously in favour of the proposition.overwhelmingly (=by a very large majority)On Dec. 7 delegates voted overwhelmingly to strike.narrowly (=by a small majority)The Senate voted narrowly to continue funding the controversial project.tactically (=not for the party you support, but to get an acceptable result)People appear to have voted tactically in order to prevent the Conservative candidate from gaining a seat.phrasesbe eligible/entitled to voteAll those aged 18 or over are eligible to vote.register to vote (=put your name on a list of voters)We must encourage people to register to vote. THESAURUSvote [intransitive, transitive] to show which person or party you want, or whether you support a plan, by marking a piece of paper, raising your hand etcI’ve voted Democrat all my life.You can vote for your favourite singer.A majority of the people voted for independence.In tomorrow’s election, many young people will be voting for the first time.elect [transitive] to choose a leader, representative, or government by voting, so that they become the new leader, representative etcHe was elected mayor of London.the newly-elected government I think we should start by electing a new chairman.go to the polls if a country or voters go to the polls, they vote in an election – used especially in news reportsThe US goes to the polls in November. The economic crisis could well be a decisive factor when voters go to the polls this autumn.take a vote if a group of people at a meeting take a vote, they vote about somethingWe should take a vote on whether or not to accept their offer.They took a vote and picked Bernard.cast your vote formal to mark a piece of paper, call a telephone number etc in order to voteThe first votes have been cast in the country’s general election.Click here to cast your vote.ballot [transitive] to ask the members of an organization to vote on something in order to decide what to doThe union will ballot its members on whether to go ahead with the strike action.veto [transitive] to vote against something that other people have agreed on, so that it cannot happenThe president has the right to veto any piece of legislation. → vote something ↔ down → vote somebody ↔ in → vote somebody ↔ out → vote something ↔ through→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusvote• A review of computer messages between council members during April shows some of them lobbying colleagues on how to vote.• Mr Alton said official electoral registration surveys were inadequate, missing many people actually eligible to vote.• Greg says he has never voted.• Hundreds of people lost their lives in the past fighting for the right to vote.• Compton, it is worth noting, had voted against Exclusion in the Lords in November 1680.• Only two people voted against the expansion of the business.• I've voted Democrat all my life.• 70% of the population voted for independence.• In tomorrow's election, many young people will be voting for the first time.• I haven't decided who I'm going to vote for.• The vast majority of people voted in favour of closer links with Europe.• All adults enjoy the right to vote in free general elections that must be held at least every 5 years.• The Board of Supervisors has refused to vote more money for the project.• Only 26 members of his own party ended up voting not to reprimand him.• Teachers will be voting on a proposal to accept the 5% pay offer.• This would allow Congress to count on the savings without ever voting to alter the index.• But he could be forced from office if 61 members of the 120-seat Knesset voted to remove him.• He was also voted top baritone player in 1998.vote Democrat/Republican/Labour/Conservative etc• As one goes further south, people will be paying lower regional taxes and will vote Conservative.• In 1994 only 26 % continued to vote Democratic while 74 % voted Republican.• The people of Britain will understand clearly that to achieve that they must vote Labour.• I can not understand people who continue to vote Conservative after they have lost their homes or their jobs, or both.• Men expect to vote Republican by a rate of 50 percent to 36 percent.• Like many another newly enfranchised 18-year-olds, I voted Conservative in 1979.• Then they voted Democrat in 1992 and 1996-and the Democrats won.• I have voted Republican my entire life.vote somebody/something something• Wolf's program was just voted the best show on television.