Other forms: polls; polling; polled

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."

Definitions of poll
  1. noun
    the counting of votes (as in an election)
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    count, counting, enumeration, numeration, reckoning, tally
    the act of counting; reciting numbers in ascending order
  2. verb
    get the votes of
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    acquire, get
    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
  3. verb
    vote in an election at a polling station
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    express one's preference for a candidate or for a measure or resolution; cast a vote
  4. noun
    an inquiry into public opinion conducted by interviewing a random sample of people
    synonyms: canvass, opinion poll, public opinion poll, survey
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    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
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    enquiry, inquiry, research
    a search for knowledge
  5. verb
    get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions
    synonyms: canvas, canvass
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    circularise, circularize
    canvass by distributing letters
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    make a survey of; for statistical purposes
  6. noun
    the top of the head
    synonyms: crown, pate
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    the shaved crown of a monk's or priest's head
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    top, top side, upper side, upside
    the highest or uppermost side of anything
  7. noun
    the part of the head between the ears
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    top, top side, upper side, upside
    the highest or uppermost side of anything
  8. verb
    convert into a pollard
    synonyms: pollard
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    clip, crop, cut back, dress, lop, prune, snip, trim
    cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of
  9. noun
    a tame parrot
    synonyms: poll parrot
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    usually brightly colored zygodactyl tropical birds with short hooked beaks and the ability to mimic sounds




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