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

And, worse than Morales, Guatemalan president-elect Giammattei must come to power with only 42% of voters bothering to turn up to the polls, and only 59% of them voting for him. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "Guatemala's new president could give Trump a huge headache on immigration," 12 Aug. 2019 So the president-elect called me, privately, without the input of the acting attorney general or anyone else. CBS News, "Transcript: Preet Bharara talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 31 July 2019 According to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Centene gave former Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the state's Republican party several contributions over the years, including $175,000 to a political action committee that helped re-elect Scott. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "New Arizona prison health-care provider has history of problems, donations to politicians," 10 July 2019 The president-elect was adamant only that prostitutes were not involved, not that an escapade of this kind was inconceivable. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Trump Was Always the Target of the Russia Investigation," 30 Aug. 2019 The mayor-elect’s margin of victory dwarfed the 13,729 votes that separated the two candidates in the March 31 election Imamoglu also won. Washington Post, "After big win, new Istanbul mayor hopes to mend party fences," 24 June 2019 Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has admitted that the Champions elect are in for a tough time on Merseyside this Wednesday, as Manchester City take on Liverpool at Anfield in their Champions League quarter-final clash. SI.com, "Pep Guardiola Praises 'Almost Unstoppable' Liverpool As He Identifies Surprise Reds Threat," 2 Apr. 2018 The president-elect insists that the fight against corruption will continue. The Economist, "Guatemala’s president-elect promises “sufficient testosterone”," 15 Aug. 2019 The president-elect also noted that the agreement would have to be ratified by the congresses of both nations to go into force. Washington Post, "President-elect says Guatemala can’t do migrant deal with US," 13 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, a billionaire businessman, was elected in 2016 as a Democrat. BostonGlobe.com, "Senator Joe Manchin III announces he won’t run for governor in West Virginia," 4 Sep. 2019 He was not elected by the British people, but by a vote of Conservative Party members choosing a new leader after former prime minister Theresa May stepped down due to her inability to get her Brexit plan approved by Parliament. Washington Post, "Britain’s Johnson threatens to purge rebel party members as Brexit battle heats up," 3 Sep. 2019 Fischbach was first elected to the Minnesota Senate in 1996 and served there advancing to committee leadership and senate president roles until 2018. Dana Ferguson, Twin Cities, "Former Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach announces bid to take on Rep. Collin Peterson in western Minnesota," 3 Sep. 2019 Bolsonaro, who has accused other nations of colonialism for offering $40 million to help tackle the fires, was elected to the presidency in October 2018, a month after he was stabbed in the abdomen during a campaign rally. Fox News, "Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro to skip Amazon fires summit due to surgery," 3 Sep. 2019 Some good news: Stephens was elected to the WTA Players Council, suggesting a level of engagement in the profession. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "U.S. Open Midterm Grades: Taylor Townsend, Serena, Big Three Get High Marks," 1 Sep. 2019 But both elected Democrats to statewide office in 2018. NBC News, "Meet the Press - September 1, 2019," 1 Sep. 2019 Bry, 70, was elected to the City Council in 2016 after a long career in the private sector that included founding several local high-tech companies, such as ProFlowers.com, and working as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times and other publications. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Bry says mayoral rival Gloria supports housing legislation that could damage neighborhoods," 1 Sep. 2019 In 1991 he was elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in recognition of professional attainment, distinguished service and commitment. courant.com, "Raymond R. Norko," 1 Sep. 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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