|Origin:||votum 'promise, wish', from vovere 'to promise'|
an act of voting in an election or meeting, or the choice that you make when you vote: ➔ casting vote
choice by voting[countable]
A vote for us is not a wasted vote.
The proposal was rejected by 19 votes to 7.
vote for/in favour (of)/against
The House of Representatives approved the budget, with 52 votes in favour, 16 against and 12 abstentions.
cast your vote (=vote in a political election)
Harkin won 74 percent of the votes cast.
policies designed to win votes in the South
It's the club secretary that counts the votes.
an occasion when a group of people vote in order to decide something or choose a representative [= ballot]:
occasion of voting[countable usually singular]
The results of the vote were surprising - 80% of workers favoured strike action.
There will be a citywide vote (=all the voters in a particular city) on the matter.
take/have a vote (on something)
Unless anyone has anything to add, we'll take a vote.
Let's have a vote on it.
put something to the/a vote (=decide something by voting)➔ free vote
Let's put it to the vote. All those in favor raise your hands.
the total number of votes made in an election:
Davis won the election with 57% of the vote.
The Greens increased their share of the vote from 2.9 to 4.9%.
black, Jewish etc voters, or their votes:
The black vote is astonishingly loyal to the Democratic Party.
b) British English
the total number of votes the Labour Party, Conservative Party etc win in an election:
The Green vote looks likely to increase again.
the result of a vote:
result of voting[singular]
A close vote is expected.
The motion was passed by a vote of 215 to 84.
used to say that you are ready to support someone or something, or that you think that someone or something is the best of their kind:
Anything that will mean a better deal for our children gets my vote.