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ma•jor•i•ty(məˈdʒɔr ɪ ti, -ˈdʒɒr-)
n., pl. -ties.
If something is true of the majority of the people or things in a group, it is true of more than half of them.
When the majority is not followed by 'of', you can use either a singular or plural form of a verb after it.
However, when you use the majority of followed by a plural noun or pronoun, you must use a plural form of a verb after it.
Don't use 'the majority' when you are talking about an amount of something or part of something. Don't say, for example, 'The majority of the forest has been cut down'. Say 'Most of the forest has been cut down'.
|Noun||1.||majority - the property resulting from being or relating to the greater in number of two parts; the main part; "the majority of his customers prefer it"; "the bulk of the work is finished"|
number, figure - the property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite quantity of units or individuals; "he had a number of chores to do"; "the number of parameters is small"; "the figure was about a thousand"
minority - being or relating to the smaller in number of two parts; "when the vote was taken they were in the minority"; "he held a minority position"
|2.||majority - (elections) more than half of the votes|
election - a vote to select the winner of a position or political office; "the results of the election will be announced tonight"
relative quantity - a quantity relative to some purpose
|3.||majority - the age at which persons are considered competent to manage their own affairs|
eld, age - a time of life (usually defined in years) at which some particular qualification or power arises; "she was now of school age"; "tall for his eld"
adulthood, maturity - the period of time in your life after your physical growth has stopped and you are fully developed
a two-thirds majority → una mayoría de las dos terceras partes
they won by a majority → ganaron por mayoría
in the majority of cases → en la mayoría or la mayor parte de los casos
such people are in a majority → la mayoría de la gente es así, predomina la gente así
to be in a majority of three → formar parte de una mayoría de tres
the vast majority → la inmensa mayoría
the great majority of lecturers → la mayoría or la mayor parte de los conferenciantes
majority interest N → interés m mayoritario
majority rule N → gobierno m mayoritario, gobierno m en mayoría
majority (share)holding N → accionariado m mayoritario
majority verdict N by a majority verdict → por fallo or veredicto mayoritario
majority vote N by a majority vote → por la mayoría de los votos
Singular or plural verb?
When mayoría is the subject of a verb, the verb can be in the singular or the plural, depending on the context.
the majority of my patients → la majorité de mes patients
the vast majority of ... → la quasi totalité de ...
a majority of ...
Harris was elected with a majority of 15,479 → Harris a été élu à une majorité de 15 479 voix.
the majority of people → la maggior parte della gente
elected by a majority of two → eletto con una maggioranza di due voti
to be in the majority → essere in maggioranza