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Verbs and Phrasal Verbs to do with Elections

Many verbs have different meanings, however this section deals with verbs and phrasal verbs connected with education. An example is provided only where the verb is commonly used in everyday conversation.

One irregular verb in bold is shown in all its forms.


The Verb (infinitive form) The Meaning An example
( Simple Past Tense)
To abstain To decide not to use your vote. He didn't know who to vote for, so he abstained. Regular
To cast a vote To vote. They cast their vote and then began to count them. Irregular
To elect To choose a candidate in an election.
They elected a new leader. Regular
To lead To control a group of people, a country, or a situation. He led the party for ten years. Irregular
To nominate To name someone as a candidate. We nominated him to stand for the next election. Regular
To run To campaign to stand for a political position. He ran as an independent candidate. Irregular
To stand To seek election. He stood in the election, but he lost. Irregular
To veto To refuse to allow something. We vetoed the nomination. Regular
To vote To assert a formalised choice in an election. I voted in the last election. Regular
To win To be successful in an election. He won the vote by a large majority. Irregular

Phrasal Verbs

The Phrasal Verb (infinitive form) The Meaning An example
( Simple Past Tense)
To stand down To give up your official job or position. "After the truth came out about his affairs, he had to stand down." I
To vote something down To defeat something such as a law or plan by voting against it. "He wanted to introduce freedom of information, but they voted him down." S
To vote something through To accept and make possible something such as a law or plan by voting for it. "We voted the changes through." S
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