elect

adjective
\ i-ˈlekt How to pronounce elect (audio) \

Definition of elect

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

elect

noun
plural elect

Definition of elect (Entry 2 of 3)

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

elect

verb
elected; electing; elects

Definition of elect (Entry 3 of 3)

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 (something, such as a course of action) especially by preference might elect to sell the business

intransitive verb

: to make a selection

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Examples of elect in a Sentence

Adjective

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

Noun

the members of this all-American team are the elect of collegiate football

Verb

He hopes to be elected to the committee. I've elected to study French as my foreign language.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Why not just elect congressional members at-large, statewide? Rich Exner, cleveland.com, "Ohio Issue 1 Q&A: congressional redistricting and the ills of gerrymandering - Election preview," 3 May 2018 Both Berlioz and Mahler were visionaries before their time — an elect pantheon to which Morlot adds Charles Ives. Thomas May, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Symphony sets tone for ambitious season with Mahler choral epic," 15 Sep. 2017 Alex Arshinkoff, 62, an Ohio political boss credited with mentoring a generation of young politicians and helping elect presidents, has died. Philly.com, "Alex Arshinkoff | Ohio GOP leader, 62," 30 Aug. 2017 COLUMBUS, Ohio — Alex Arshinkoff, a GOP political boss credited with mentoring a generation of young politicians and helping elect presidents, has died. Washington Post, "Arshinkoff, dubbed most effective GOP chairman by Bush, dies," 29 Aug. 2017 Some of the profits from the Kickstarter campaign and Warren's figure sales will go toward Emily's List, a nonprofit organization helping elect pro-choice Democratic women to office. Nancy Coleman, CNN, "Pint-sized persistence: Elizabeth Warren action figure fights the patriarchy from your pocket," 9 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The president-elect was late, which I'm told is unusual for him. CBS News, "Transcript: Preet Bharara talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 31 July 2019 Funeral livestreaming services have been around for more than a decade, but the practice has recently exploded in popularity, says Bryant Hightower, president-elect of the National Funeral Directors Association. Paris Martineau, WIRED, "Now Even Funerals Are Livestreamed—and Families Are Grateful," 30 July 2019 Henry Cuellar and Vicente Gonzalez led a group of 12 House Democrats, including one lawmaker-elect, in sending a letter to Mr. Schumer objecting to his comments. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "Debate Over Border Wall Funding Strains Democratic Party Unity," 5 Dec. 2018 Indeed, most of the judges who issued rulings have said his statements as a candidate, president-elect and president are relevant. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court shows support for President Trump's immigration travel ban," 25 Apr. 2018 Governor-elect Jaime Bonilla said Monday more than 300 elements of the National Guard were already deployed to areas of the state with high rates of crime. Wendy Fry, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mexican Armed Forces recover arsenal of machine guns from California SUV," 16 July 2019 Six summers ago, Andris Nelsons was scheduled to conduct Verdi’s tremendous Requiem Mass at Tanglewood’s Koussevitzky Music Shed, in what was to have been his first concert as Boston Symphony Orchestra music director-elect. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "At Tanglewood, Andris Nelsons and BSO shake the Shed with long-awaited Verdi Requiem," 14 July 2019 Michigan Republicans, meanwhile, are currently currently moving forward with a similar bill to hamstring incoming Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Witmer. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The Republican Party versus democracy," 17 Dec. 2018 These were not the rural voters who have gotten so much attention after helping elect President Donald Trump in 2016. Errin Haines Whack, The Seattle Times, "Black rural voters could be key to Democrats eyeing Georgia," 2 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At a time of transformation and tumult, the film academy will meet to elect a new president tonight. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Trump and the mass shootings," 6 Aug. 2019 The person elected that year will serve a two-year term to finish Kukta’s term. Anthony Clark Carpio, Burbank Leader, "Burbank appoints new city treasurer," 6 Aug. 2019 If the president aided and abetted the Russian trashing of Hillary Clinton in order to help him to get elected, that should be enough reason to begin the impeachment process. Dallas News, "Letters - Misled or forewarned? Readers give their take on the Mueller hearing," 4 Aug. 2019 It's been an arduous year-plus for Hornibrook, a polarizing quarterback for Badgers fans who elected to transfer despite 26 wins in his 32 starts with Wisconsin. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Alex Hornibrook's comment about Florida State comes off as a criticism of Badgers receivers," 3 Aug. 2019 Only nine elected to build their systems for launching security protections earlier in the connection process. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "5G Is Here—and Still Vulnerable to Stingray Surveillance," 3 Aug. 2019 Instead, Anderson gave up a leadoff single and Bochy elected to remove the right-hander in favor of lefty Sam Selman, who made his major league debut on Thursday against the Phillies. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Giants fall back to .500, lack of bullpen depth proves costly in loss to Rockies," 2 Aug. 2019 Calling it a centennial class, hall president David Baker said Friday five modern-day players, 10 seniors, three contributors and two coaches could be elected next year. Barry Wilner, Twin Cities, "Pro Football Hall of Fame to expand inductees class for 2020," 2 Aug. 2019 This set the stage for the disqualification of six elected lawmakers in 2017, who were accused of not taking their oaths properly. Mary Hui, Quartz, "The leader of Hong Kong’s leaderless protest movement is a philosophy student behind bars," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of elect

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for elect

Adjective

Middle English, from Latin electus, past participle of eligere to select, from e- + legere to choose — more at legend

Verb

Middle English, from Latin electus

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elect

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of elect

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

elect

noun

English Language Learners Definition of elect (Entry 2 of 3)

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

elect

verb

English Language Learners Definition of elect (Entry 3 of 3)

: to select (someone) for a position, job, etc., by voting
somewhat formal : to choose to do (something)

elect

verb
\ i-ˈlekt How to pronounce elect (audio) \
elected; electing

Kids Definition of elect

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to select by vote elect a senator
2 : to make a choice The team elected to kick off.

elect

adjective

Kids Definition of elect (Entry 2 of 2)

: chosen for office but not yet holding office the president-elect

Legal Definition of elect

1 : to select by vote for an office, position, or membership
2 : to make a selection of elected her statutory share over the gift under the will

intransitive verb

: to choose an elective share the right of a spouse to elect against the will

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