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poll

2 verb
     
poll2 [transitive]
1 to ask a lot of people the same questions in order to find out what they think about a subject:
18% of the women we polled said their husbands had a drinking problem.
2 to get a particular number of votes in an election:
Labour polled just 4% of the vote.
WORD FOCUS: ask WORD FOCUS: ask
request to officially ask for something
consult
to ask someone for advice
demand
to ask for something very forcefully
nag
/pester to keep asking for something many times, in an annoying way
beg
/plead to ask for something in an anxious or urgent way, because you want it very much
question
/interrogate to ask someone questions - used especially about the police or the army
grill
informal to ask someone a lot of difficult questions
cross-examine
to ask someone questions in court - used about lawyers
poll
to ask a lot of people for their opinion about something


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ask

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