Definition of downvote in English:



[with object]
  • (in an online context) register disapproval of or disagreement with (a post or poster) by means of a particular icon.

    ‘I had to resist the urge to downvote the first serious comment’
    ‘you can downvote me all you want, but the refereeing this season has been absolutely deplorable’
    no object ‘if you want to downvote, go ahead’
    • ‘I was speaking in general for whoever did downvote my comment!’
    • ‘Someone is working overtime with his multiple accounts to downvote you.’
    • ‘I downvote you for being an ignorant, overreacting, emotional wreck over arbitrary ranking.’
    • ‘However still rather annoying that we can't upvote or downvote comments.’
    • ‘Please watch the video before you downvote or make comments without understanding the history or purpose.’
    • ‘We just downvote everyone we disagree with.’
    • ‘You, of course, are free to not find it funny and downvote or reply as you see fit.’
    • ‘Why downvote a person for suggesting you keep insurance on your car at all times?’
    • ‘If you offer an opinion, someone will likely disagree and downvote.’
    • ‘I agree actually, which is why I personally didn't downvote him.’
    • ‘I can't downvote yet but I'm hoping others will step in and do it.’


  • (in an online context) an instance of using a particular icon to register disapproval of or disagreement with a post or poster.

    ‘there is absolutely nothing in his comment that deserves a downvote’
    ‘I am making it my mission to counter every downvote you are given for critiquing his grammar’
    • ‘Simply disagreeing with someone does not constitute a downvote.’
    • ‘Hell, there are people out there who give me a downvote every time they see my name.’
    • ‘It was someone else pointing out this this comment did not deserve the downvote.’
    • ‘You get 2 points for each upvote and lose one point for each downvote.’
    • ‘What did he say that constitutes a downvote?’
    • ‘A downvote troll or two is out in force, and apparently doesn't like it when you (or anyone) posts facts.’
    • ‘You got a downvote because people want the right to judge and a rule to judge it by.’
    • ‘I should give you a downvote for that comment.’
    • ‘Does the downvote cancel out their comment then or not?’
    • ‘Didn't we used to have downvote buttons?’
    • ‘It's a small distance from the upvote arrow to the downvote arrow.’