vote1 S3 W3
to show by marking a paper, raising your hand etc which person you want to elect or whether you support a particular plan:
in election/to support[intransitive and transitive]
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.
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 votingat block1 (5)
to elect or dismiss someone by voting:
The chances are that the government will be voted out of office.
to choose someone or something for a particular prize by voting for them
choose for prize[transitive]
vote somebody/something sth
In 1981 Henry Fonda was voted Best Actor for 'On Golden Pond'.
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.
5 British English
if people vote something a success etc, they all agree that it is a success:
The evening was voted a great success.
used to say that you prefer one particular choice or possible action
I vote we go to the movies.
I vote ... for
'What do you want to eat?' 'I vote for Mexican.'
7 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.
to show that you do not support a decision or action by leaving a place or organization
vote something ↔ downphrasal verb
In 1999 the town had voted down a petition to close the school.
vote somebody ↔ inphrasal verb
A new chairman was voted in.
vote somebody ↔ outphrasal verb
With policies like that, he'll be voted out in the next election.
vote something ↔ throughphrasal verb
The proposals were voted through yesterday.