• To take, record the votes of (an electorate).
  • To solicit mock votes from (a person or group).
  • To vote at an election.
  • To register or deposit, as a vote; to elicit or call forth, as votes or voters.
  • To cut off; to remove by clipping, shearing, etc.; to mow or crop.
  • To cut the hair of (a creature).
  • To remove the horns of (an animal).
  • To remove the top or end of; to clip; to lop.
  • To (repeatedly) request the status of something (such as a computer or printer on a network).
  • To be judged in a poll.
  • To extort from; to plunder; to strip.
  • To impose a tax upon.
  • To pay as one's personal tax.
  • To enter, as polls or persons, in a list or register; to enroll, especially for purposes of taxation; to enumerate one by one.
  • To cut or shave smooth or even; to cut in a straight line without indentation



  • From Middle English pol, polle , probably from or else cognate with Middle Dutch pol, pole, polle, from Proto-Germanic *pullaz, from Proto-Indo-European *bolno-, *bōwl-, from Proto-Indo-European *bew-.
  • Akin to Scots pow ("head, crown, skalp, skull"), Saterland Frisian pol ("round, full, brimming"), Low German polle ("head, tree-top, bulb"), Danish puld ("crown of a hat"), Swedish dialectal pull. Meaning "collection of votes" is first recorded 1625, from notion of "counting heads".
  • Perhaps a shortening of Polly, a common name for pet parrots.
  • From Ancient Greek πολύς ("the many, the masses")

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