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erect

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adjective \i-ˈrekt\

Simple Definition of erect

  • : straight up and down

  • : in a state of erection because of sexual excitement : swollen and stiff

Full Definition of erect

  1. 1 a :  vertical in position; also :  not spread out or decumbent <an erect plant stem> <columns still erect in the ruins> b :  standing up or out from the body <erect hairs> c :  characterized by firm or rigid straightness in bodily posture <an erect bearing>

  2. 2 archaic :  directed upward

  3. 3 obsolete :  alert, watchful

  4. 4 :  being in a state of physiological erection

erect·ly play \-ˈrek-(t)lē\ adverb
erect·ness play \-ˈrek(t)-nəs\ noun

Examples of erect

  1. She sat erect, listening for her name.

  2. <a lone tree remained erect after the terrible tornado had passed>



Origin of erect

Middle English, from Latin erectus, past participle of erigere to erect, from e- + regere to lead straight, guide — more at right


First Known Use: 14th century


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erect

verb

Simple Definition of erect

  • : to build (something) by putting together materials

  • : to set or place (something) so that it stands up

Full Definition of erect

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a (1) :  to put up by the fitting together of materials or parts :  build (2) :  to fix in an upright position (3) :  to cause to stand up or stand out b archaic :  to direct upward c :  to change (an image) from an inverted to a normal position

  3. 2 :  to elevate in status

  4. 3 :  set up, establish

  5. 4 obsolete :  encourage, embolden

  6. 5 :  to draw or construct (as a perpendicular or figure) upon a given base

erect·able play \-ˈrek-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of erect

  1. The city erected a statue in his honor.

  2. They erected a marker over the grave.



15th Century

First Known Use of erect

15th century

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ERECT Defined for Kids

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erect

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adjective \i-ˈrekt\

Definition of erect

  1. :  straight up and down <an erect tree> <The soldiers stood erect.>



Word Root of erect

The Latin word rēctus, meaning “straight” or “right,” gives us the root rect. Words from the Latin rēctus have something to do with being straight or correct. Something erect stands straight up. Something correct is right. A rectangle is a shape made of four straight lines and four right angles.


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erect

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Definition of erect

erect·ederect·ing

  1. 1 :  to put up by fitting together materials or parts <erect a tent>

  2. 2 :  to set or place straight up <erect a flagpole>

erec·tor \i-ˈrek-tər\ noun



Medical Dictionary

erect

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adjective \i-ˈrekt\

Medical Definition of erect

  1. 1:  standing up or out from the body <erect hairs>

  2. 2:  being in a state of physiological erection





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