The evening was voted a great success.

I don't understand what does this sentence mean.

  1. Everybody agreed that the evening was a great success.
  2. The result of the election was a great success in the evening.

Can someone help me ?

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    Can you clarify what exactly in the sentence is confusing you? Please look up the words that are confusing you in a dictionary and edit if that doesn't solve your problem.
    – Laurel
    Jul 23, 2018 at 2:52
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    If your confusion about the sentence involves the fact that it doesn't specify who voted the evening a great success, the source of your confusion is the sentence's use of passive voice. If your confusion is just as severe when you read this sentence—"Participants at the event voted the evening a great success"—the problem lies in your understanding of figurative use of the verb vote.
    – Sven Yargs
    Jul 24, 2018 at 5:09

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success etymonline in the sense of this question:

Meaning "accomplishment of desired end" (good success) first recorded 1580s.

vote in the sense of this question: TFD

To express a choice or an opinion

Your sample sentence #1 is appropriate:

Everybody agreed [voted] that the evening was a great success [accomplishment of desired end].

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    Based on the OP’s options it seems that the question is about how ‘evening’ and ‘voted’ should be applied. Both options seem to treat ‘success’ in the same way.
    – Jim
    Jul 23, 2018 at 3:04
  • @Jim so edited ... bedtime for this bonzo!
    – lbf
    Jul 23, 2018 at 3:45

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