poll

A poll is an election, or a survey of people's opinions. When people go to the polls, they vote.

If you poll your classmates about their favorite foods, you survey them and take note of their opinions — in other words, they each cast a vote. This is also what happens when voters go to the polls, although they're voting for political candidates and their votes are anonymous. The original fourteenth century meaning of poll was "hair on the head" or just "head." This gradually evolved into "person," and the idea of "counting heads."

Primary Meanings of poll

1.
nv
the counting of votes (as in an election)
get the votes of
2.
nv
an inquiry into public opinion conducted by interviewing a random sample of people
get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions
3.
n
the top of the head
4.
v
convert into a pollard
5.
n
a tame parrot
Full Definitions of poll
1

n the counting of votes (as in an election)

Type of:
count, counting, enumeration, numeration, reckoning, tally
the act of counting; reciting numbers in ascending order

v get the votes of

Type of:
acquire, get
come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

v vote in an election at a polling station

Type of:
vote
express one's preference for a candidate or for a measure or resolution; cast a vote
2

n an inquiry into public opinion conducted by interviewing a random sample of people

Synonyms:
canvass, opinion poll, public opinion poll
Types:
exit poll
a poll of voters as they leave the voting place; usually taken by news media in order to predict the outcome of an election
straw poll, straw vote
an unofficial vote taken to determine opinion on some issue
Type of:
enquiry, inquiry, research
a search for knowledge

v get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions

Synonyms:
canvas, canvass
Types:
circularise, circularize
canvass by distributing letters
Type of:
survey
make a survey of; for statistical purposes
3

n the top of the head

Synonyms:
crown, pate
Types:
tonsure
the shaved crown of a monk's or priest's head
Type of:
top, top side, upper side, upside
the highest or uppermost side of anything

n the part of the head between the ears

Type of:
top, top side, upper side, upside
the highest or uppermost side of anything
4

v convert into a pollard

Synonyms:
pollard
Type of:
clip, crop, cut back, dress, lop, prune, snip, trim
cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of
5

n a tame parrot

Synonyms:
poll parrot
Type of:
parrot
usually brightly colored zygodactyl tropical birds with short hooked beaks and the ability to mimic sounds

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