: 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.
Definition of ERECT for Kids
: to put up by fitting together materials or parts <erect a tent>