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hold a referendum

This page is about the collocation hold a referendum

collocation pattern: verb + noun

Meaning

If a country holds a referendum, citizens can vote for or against introducing a new law or piece of legislation.

For example

  • The government's going to hold a referendum on changes to the constitution.

  • If a referendum were held today, most people would vote for independence.

Quick Quiz

The referendum was held by

a. the people who voted for it

b. the people who voted against it

c. the government that organized it

Contributor: Matt Errey