ballot

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Inflections of 'ballot' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
ballots
v 3rd person singular
balloting
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
balloted
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
balloted
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
bal•lot /ˈbælət/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. [countable] a sheet on which a vote is registered.
  2. Governmentthe method or act of secret voting:[count;
    usually singular
    ]:elected her treasurer in a secret ballot.[ noncount;
    by + ~ ]:chosen by ballot.
  3. Government[uncountable] the right to vote.
  4. Government[uncountable] the whole number of votes cast or recorded.

v. [no object]
  1. Governmentto vote by ballot.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
bal•lot  (balət),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -lot•ed, -lot•ing. 
n. 
  1. Governmenta slip or sheet of paper, cardboard, or the like, on which a voter marks his or her vote.
  2. Governmentthe method of secret voting by means of printed or written ballots or by means of voting machines.
  3. Governmentvoting in general, or a round of voting:Our candidate was defeated on the third ballot.
  4. Governmentthe list of candidates to be voted on:They succeeded in getting her name placed on the ballot.
  5. Governmentthe right to vote:to gain the ballot after years of struggle.
  6. Governmentthe whole number of votes cast or recorded.
  7. Governmenta system or the practice of drawing lots:The assassin would be chosen by ballot.
  8. Government(formerly) a little ball used in voting.

v.i. 
  1. Governmentto vote by ballot:to ballot against a candidate.
  2. Governmentto draw lots:to ballot for places.

v.t. 
  1. Governmentto canvass or solicit (a group, membership, etc.) for votes:Members were balloted on the resolution.
  2. Governmentto select, esp. for military service, by ballot:Certain age groups will not be balloted at this time.
ballot•er, n. 
  • Venetian), equivalent. to ball(a) ball1 + -otta diminutive suffix
  • Italian ballotta (probably
  • Middle French ballotte)
  • ( 1540–50

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
ballot /ˈbælət/ n
  1. the democratic practice of selecting a representative, a course of action, or deciding some other choice by submitting the options to a vote of all qualified persons
  2. an instance of voting, usually in secret using ballot papers or a voting machine
  3. the paper on which a vote is recorded
  4. a list of candidates standing for office
  5. the number of votes cast in an election
  6. a random selection of successful applicants for something in which the demand exceeds the supply, esp for shares in an oversubscribed new issue
  7. NZ the allocation by ballot of farming land among eligible candidates, such as ex-servicemen
  8. NZ a low-interest housing loan allocated by building societies by drawing lots among its eligible members
vb ( -lots, -loting, -loted)
  1. to vote or elicit a vote from: we balloted the members on this issue
  2. (transitive) usually followed by for: to select (officials, etc) by lot or ballot or to select (successful applicants) at random
  3. (transitive) often followed by for: to vote or decide (on an issue, etc)
Etymology: 16th Century: from Italian ballotta, literally: a little ball, from balla ball1
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