"Tender a vote" vs "Give a vote"

Alice Val Alice Val (2) on 14/11/13

At different meeting, votes can be given or tendered. Could you explain to me the difference between "to tender a vote" and "to give a vote"? Or are they synonyms?



Richard Detwiler Richard Detwiler (0) on 16/11/13

Yes, tendering is giving. But it's usually used more in the sense of giving or offering something formally after thoughtful consideration and in expectation or hope of acceptance. I probably wouldn't say that I tendered you a book, flowers, or money. I mostly hear it in the context of submitting a letter of resignation from a job or position. "He tendered his resignation" means he submitted a letter of resignation and awaited (or is awaiting) a decision on the part of his employer. Something tendered might be accepted or rejected.

It's more poetic than everyday conversational, but I could tender you my thoughts (or anything else). That would imply that I formally offer them to you for your consideration and acceptance.

I'm not sure why someone would say "tender" rather than "give" a vote, other than to add the element of formality and offering. In my part of the world we seldom say or hear either "tendered a vote" or "gave a vote", but just "voted".


Alice Val Alice Val (2) on 16/11/13

Thank you, Richard! And thank you very much for your examples!


Astrid Creuzburg Astrid Creuzburg (1) on 14/11/13

I didn't even know the "tender a vote" before!

I would also say they're synonyms. Maybe it depends on the context though, as in what kind of decision is being made.. but that's just a guess :D


Alice Val Alice Val (2) on 15/11/13

:) Thank you for your message, Astrid!


Paul Allard Paul Allard (0) on 14/11/13

As far as I'm concerend, they're the same.


Alice Val Alice Val (2) on 14/11/13

Paul, thank you very much! You've saved me :).

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