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  1. poll
    IPA[pōl]
  2. noun

    • 1. the process of voting in an election:

      the country went to the polls on March 10
      Synonym : vote, ballot, show of hands, straw vote/poll, referendum, plebiscite, election
    • 2. a record of the number of votes cast in an election:

      the ruling party won 24 seats, narrowly topping the poll
      Synonym : voting figures, vote, returns, count, tally
    • 3. the places where votes are cast in an election:

      the polls have only just closed
    • 4. short for opinion poll

    • 5. a person's head.

    • 6. the part of the head on which hair grows; the scalp.

    verb

    • 1. record the opinion or vote of:

      focus groups in which customers are polled about merchandise preferences
    • 2. (of a candidate in an election) receive a specified number of votes:

      the Green candidate polled 3.6 percent
      Synonym : get, gain, register, record, return
    • 3. check the status of (a measuring device, part of a computer, or a node in a network), especially as part of a repeated cycle:

      the network manager can also use the software to poll each Mac on the net
    • 4. cut the horns off (an animal, especially a young cow).

    • 5. cut off the top of (a tree or plant), typically to encourage further growth; pollard:

      there were some beautiful willows, and now the idiot Parson has polled them into wretched stumps
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: poll, plural noun: polls

    • v.: verb: poll, 3rd person present: polls, gerund or present participle: polling, past tense: polled, past participle: polled

    • noun

      the process of voting in an election:

      the number of votes cast in an election:

    • verb

      record the opinion or vote of:

      (of a candidate in an election) receive a specified number of votes:

    • adjective

      (of cattle, sheep, or goats) lacking horns, either naturally or because they have been removed:
    • adjective

      (of cattle, sheep, or goats) lacking horns, either naturally or because they have been removed:
    • noun

      a tax levied on every adult, without reference to income or resources:
    • noun

      an unofficial ballot conducted as a test of opinion:
    • noun

      a poll of people leaving a polling place, asking how they voted.
    • noun

      an assessment of public opinion obtained by questioning a representative sample.
    • noun

      an ostensible opinion poll in which the true objective is to sway voters using loaded or manipulative questions.
    • noun

      an assessment of public opinion by the questioning of a statistically representative sample.
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