Casting vote, Cumulative vote, etc. See under Casting, Cumulative, etc.

(Vote) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Voted; p. pr. & vb. n. Voting.] [Cf. F. voter.] To express or signify the mind, will, or preference, either viva voce, or by ballot, or by other authorized means, as in electing persons to office, in passing laws, regulations, etc., or in deciding on any proposition in which one has an interest with others.

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

To vote on large principles, to vote honestly, requires a great amount of information.
F. W. Robertson.

(Vote), v. t.

1. To choose by suffrage; to elec as, to vote a candidate into office.

2. To enact, establish, grant, determine, etc., by a formal vote; as, the legislature voted the resolution.

Parliament voted them one hundred thousand pounds.

(Vo"ta*ress) n. [See Votary, n.] A woman who is a votary. Shak.

(Vo"ta*rist) n. [See Votary.] A votary.

Like a sad votarist in palmer's weed.

(Vo"ta*ry) a. [From L. votus, p. p. vovere to vow, to devote. See Vote, Vow.] Consecrated by a vow or promise; consequent on a vow; devoted; promised.

Votary resolution is made equipollent to custom.

(Vo"ta*ry), n.; pl. Votaries One devoted, consecrated, or engaged by a vow or promise; hence, especially, one devoted, given, or addicted, to some particular service, worship, study, or state of life. "You are already love's firm votary." Shak.

'T was coldness of the votary, not the prayer, that was in fault.
Bp. Fell.

But thou, my votary, weepest thou?

(Vote) n. [L. votum a vow, wish, will, fr. vovere, votum, to vow: cf. F. vote. See Vow.]

1. An ardent wish or desire; a vow; a prayer. [Obs.] Massinger.

2. A wish, choice, or opinion, of a person or a body of persons, expressed in some received and authorized way; 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 person to office, or in passing laws, rules, regulations, etc.; suffrage.

3. That by means of which will or preference is expressed in elections, or in deciding propositions; voice; a ballot; a ticket; as, a written vote.

The freeman casting with unpurchased hand
The vote that shakes the turrets of the land.

4. Expression of judgment or will by a majority; legal decision by some expression of the minds of a number; as, the vote was unanimous; a vote of confidence.

5. Votes, collectively; as, the Tory vote; the labor vote.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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