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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Vote

VOTE, noun [Latin votum, from voveo, to vow. Votum is properly wish or will.]

1. Suffrage; the expression of a wish, desire, will, preference or choice, in regard to any measure proposed, in which the person voting has an interest in common with others, either in electing a man to office, or in passing laws, rules, regulations and the like. This vote or expression of will may be given by holding up the hand, by rising and standing up, by the voice, [viva voce.] by ballot, by a ticket or otherwise. All these modes and others are used. Hence,

2. That by which will or preference is expressed in elections or in deciding propositions; a ballot; a ticket, etc.; as a written vote

3. Expression of will be a majority; legal decision by some expression of the minds of a number; as, the vote was unanimous.

4. United voice in public prayer.

VOTE, verb intransitive To express or signify the mind, will or preference, in electing men to office, or in passing laws, regulations and the like, or in deciding on any proposition in which one has an interest with others. In elections, men are bound to vote for the best men to fill offices, according to their best knowledge and belief.

To vote for a duelist, is to assist in the prostration of justice, and indirectly to encourage the crime.

VOTE, verb transitive

1. To choose by suffrage; to elect by some expression of will; as, the citizens voted their candidate into office with little opposition.

2. To enact ot establish by vote or some expression of will. The legislature voted the resolution unanimously.

3. To grant by vote or expression of will.

Parliament voted them a hundred thousand pounds.