- Inflections of 'ballot' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
- v 3rd person singular
- v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
- v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
- 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. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
v. [no object]
- [countable] a sheet on which a vote is registered.
- Governmentthe method or act of secret voting:[count;
usually singular]:elected her treasurer in a secret ballot.[ noncount;
by + ~ ]:chosen by ballot.
- Government[uncountable] the right to vote.
- Government[uncountable] the whole number of votes cast or recorded.
- Governmentto vote by ballot.
(bal′ət),USA pronunciation n., v., -lot•ed, -lot•ing. n.
- Governmenta slip or sheet of paper, cardboard, or the like, on which a voter marks his or her vote.
- Governmentthe method of secret voting by means of printed or written ballots or by means of voting machines.
- Governmentvoting in general, or a round of voting:Our candidate was defeated on the third ballot.
- Governmentthe list of candidates to be voted on:They succeeded in getting her name placed on the ballot.
- Governmentthe right to vote:to gain the ballot after years of struggle.
- Governmentthe whole number of votes cast or recorded.
- Governmenta system or the practice of drawing lots:The assassin would be chosen by ballot.
- Government(formerly) a little ball used in voting.
- Governmentto vote by ballot:to ballot against a candidate.
- Governmentto draw lots:to ballot for places.
- Governmentto canvass or solicit (a group, membership, etc.) for votes:Members were balloted on the resolution.
- Governmentto select, esp. for military service, by ballot:Certain age groups will not be balloted at this time.
- Venetian), equivalent. to ball(a) ball1 + -otta diminutive suffix
- Italian ballotta (probably
- Middle French ballotte)
- ( 1540–50
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ballot /ˈbælət/ n
vb ( -lots, -loting, -loted)
- 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
- an instance of voting, usually in secret using ballot papers or a voting machine
- the paper on which a vote is recorded
- a list of candidates standing for office
- the number of votes cast in an election
- a random selection of successful applicants for something in which the demand exceeds the supply, esp for shares in an oversubscribed new issue
- NZ the allocation by ballot of farming land among eligible candidates, such as ex-servicemen
- NZ a low-interest housing loan allocated by building societies by drawing lots among its eligible members
Etymology: 16th Century: from Italian ballotta, literally: a little ball, from balla ball1
- to vote or elicit a vote from: we balloted the members on this issue
- (transitive) usually followed by for: to select (officials, etc) by lot or ballot or to select (successful applicants) at random
- (transitive) often followed by for: to vote or decide (on an issue, etc)
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