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vote n

[Latin votum vow, hope, wish]
1 a : a usually formal expression of opinion or will in response to a proposed decision
: one given as an indication of approval or disapproval of a proposal, motion, or candidate for office
b : the total number of such votes made known at a single time [got half the ]
2 : the collective opinion or preference of a body of persons expressed by voting
3 : the right to cast a vote
: the right of suffrage
4 a : the act or process of voting [brought the question to a ]
b : a method of voting
vb vot·ed
1 a : to cast or conduct a vote [ for acquittal]
b : to exercise a political franchise [encourage people to ]
1 : to choose, endorse, decide the disposition of, defeat, or authorize by vote [ an appropriation]
2 : to cast votes on a corporate matter on the basis of [voted their shares against the proposed merger]

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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