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elect

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adjective \i-ˈlekt\

Simple Definition of elect

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

Full Definition of elect

  1. 1 :  carefully selected :  chosen

  2. 2 :  chosen for salvation through divine mercy

  3. 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


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elect

noun

Simple Definition of elect

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

Full Definition of elect

plural elect

  1. 1 :  one chosen or set apart (as by divine favor)

  2. 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>



15th Century

First Known Use of elect

15th century


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elect

verb

Simple Definition of elect

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

  • : to choose to do (something)

Full Definition of elect

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to select by vote for an office, position, or membership <elected her class president>

  3. 2 :  to make a selection of <will elect an academic program>

  4. 3 :  to choose (as a course of action) especially by preference <might elect to sell the business>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  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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