elect

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1elect

adjective \i-ˈlekt\

: having been elected : chosen for a public office but not yet holding that office

Full Definition of ELECT

1
:  carefully selected :  chosen
2
:  chosen for salvation through divine mercy
3
a :  chosen for office or position but not yet installed <the president-elect>
b :  chosen for marriage at some future time <the bride-elect>

Examples of ELECT

  1. <this elect body of students represents the best that the nation's high schools have to offer>

Origin of ELECT

Middle English, from Latin electus, past participle of eligere to select, from e- + legere to choose — more at legend
First Known Use: 15th century

2elect

noun

: people who belong to a special group and have privileges that other people do not have

plural elect

Full Definition of ELECT

1
:  one chosen or set apart (as by divine favor)
2
plural :  a select or exclusive group of people

Examples of ELECT

  1. <the members of this all-American team are the elect of collegiate football>

First Known Use of ELECT

15th century

3elect

verb

: to select (someone) for a position, job, etc., by voting

: to choose to do (something)

Full Definition of ELECT

transitive verb
1
:  to select by vote for an office, position, or membership <elected her class president>
2
:  to make a selection of <will elect an academic program>
3
:  to choose (as a course of action) especially by preference <might elect to sell the business>
intransitive verb
:  to make a selection

Examples of ELECT

  1. He hopes to be elected to the committee.
  2. <I've elected to study French as my foreign language.>

Origin of ELECT

Middle English, from Latin electus
First Known Use: 15th century

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