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ballot

bal·lot

ballot

 
 
pronunciation:
bae liht
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a piece of paper on which a voter enters his or her vote.
When you've finished marking the ballot, place it in that box.
definition 2: the process of voting, esp. by secret ballots.
The issue will be decided by ballot.
synonyms:
election, poll, vote
similar words:
plebiscite, polling, referendum, show of hands
definition 3: a list of candidates for office or issues to be voted on.
She won enough support to get her name on the ballot.
similar words:
slate, ticket
definition 4: the total number of votes cast in an election or in a round of votes.
He finally won on the fourth ballot.
synonyms:
round, vote
similar words:
poll
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: balloted, balloting, ballots
definition: to vote by using ballots.
They balloted to choose the new town council head.
synonyms:
elect, vote
similar words:
choose, decide, pick, poll
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to elicit a decision from (voters) by ballot.
The union leaders balloted the membership on whether to strike.
synonyms:
poll
similar words:
elicit, survey
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derivation: balloter (n.)