Explore VOTING Topic


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in election/to support

[intransitive and transitive] to show by marking a paper, raising your hand etc which person you want to elect or whether you support a particular plan:
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.

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vote somebody into/out of power/office/parliament etc

to elect or dismiss someone by voting:
The chances are that the government will be voted out of office.

choose for prize

[transitive] to choose someone or something for a particular prize by voting for them
vote somebody/something sth
In 1981 Henry Fonda was voted Best Actor for 'On Golden Pond'.


PPV [transitive] if a parliament, committee etc votes a sum of money for something, they decide by voting to provide money for that particular purpose
vote something for something
Parliament has voted £20 million extra funding for road improvements.

vote something a success/the best etc

British English if people vote something a success etc, they all agree that it is a success:
The evening was voted a great success.

I vote ...

spoken used to say that you prefer one particular choice or possible action
vote (that)
I vote we go to the movies.
I vote ... for
'What do you want to eat?' 'I vote for Mexican.'

vote with your wallet

British English vote with your pocketbook American English
a) also vote your pocketbook American English to vote for someone or something that you think will help you have the most money:
People generally vote their pocketbooks against new taxes.
b) also vote with your dollars American English to show you like something by choosing to buy it:
Readers vote with their wallets every day when they choose a newspaper.

vote with your feet

to show that you do not support a decision or action by leaving a place or organization

vote something ↔ down

phrasal verb
to defeat a plan, law etc by voting:
In 1999 the town had voted down a petition to close the school.

vote somebody ↔ in

phrasal verb
to elect someone by voting:
A new chairman was voted in.

vote somebody ↔ out

phrasal verb
to remove someone from a position of power by voting:
With policies like that, he'll be voted out in the next election.

vote something ↔ through

phrasal verb
to approve a plan, law etc by voting:
The proposals were voted through yesterday.