majority

noun
1 most
ADJECTIVE
big, great, huge, large, overwhelming, significant, sizeable, solid, strong, substantial, vast
silent

The march was by the silent majority who oppose terrorism.

moral
black, white

countries which have an English-speaking white majority

ethnic
VERB + MAJORITY
compose, constitute, form, make up

English speakers form the majority of the population.

join

He joined the majority in criticizing the government's reforms.

MAJORITY + NOUN
community, culture, group, population
language, religion
opinion, view
decision
owner, shareholder
ownership
interest, share, stake

The French company holds a majority stake in the retail chain.

PREPOSITION
in the majority

In the general population, right-handed people are in the majority.

PHRASES
in the majority of cases

In the vast majority of cases, customers get their money back.

2 in an election
ADJECTIVE
big, huge, large, massive (esp. BrE), overwhelming, solid, strong, substantial
clear, comfortable, decisive (esp. BrE)
bare, narrow, slender (esp. BrE), slight, slim, small, tiny (esp. BrE)
razor-thin (AmE), wafer-thin (BrE)
160-seat, etc.
two-to-one (BrE), two-thirds, etc.
absolute, outright, overall

Although they are the biggest single party, they don't have an outright majority.

popular
simple
working (esp. BrE)

To govern effectively, he will need a working majority in Congress.

the first Labour government with a clear working majority in the House

electoral
legislative (esp. AmE)
parliamentary
government (BrE)
Labour, Republican, etc.
necessary
VERB + MAJORITY
carry, command, have, hold
achieve, capture, gain, garner, get, obtain, secure, win

They failed to win the requisite two-thirds majority.

build

If the Republicans want to build a majority, they need the north-east.

increase

Republicans increased their majority in both the House and the Senate.

defend (BrE), maintain, retain
lose
overturn (esp. BrE)
indicate, show
MAJORITY + NOUN
government, rule
leader, whip
party
decision
vote, voting (esp. BrE)
support
position, status
control
PREPOSITION
by a majority

They won by a huge majority.

majority against

Latest opinion polls have a comfortable majority against the reform.

majority in

a majority in the Senate

majority in favour/favor of

Opinion polls indicated a two-thirds majority in favour/favor of ratification of the treaty.

majority over

He has a decisive majority over his main rivals.


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