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

In 1981, president-elect Ronald Reagan asked Bell to be his secretary of education. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The State of American Trade Schools," 13 Mar. 2019 And then, in the 2018 midterms, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, now a representative-elect, took it up. David Roberts, Vox, "The Green New Deal, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s president-elect, with his future defense minister, General Augusto Heleno Pereira, in April. Samantha Pearson And Luciana Magalhaes, WSJ, "Brazil’s New President Set to Give Military More Clout," 29 Oct. 2018 The president-elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a leftist who has pledged to fight corruption and tackle Mexico’s entrenched poverty, was ready for the delegation. Elisabeth Malkin, New York Times, "U.S. Delegation and Mexico’s Next President Aim to Reset Relations," 13 July 2018 Joanne Meyerowitz is the Arthur Unobskey Professor of History and American Studies at Yale University and the president-elect of the Organization of American Historians. Time Staff, Time, "The 25 Moments From American History That Matter Right Now," 28 June 2018 Cruiser had also urged shareholders not to re-elect Ashland’s Chief Executive Bill Wulfsohn as chairman. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, "Hedge Fund Drops Proxy Battle With Chemicals Maker Ashland," 22 Jan. 2019 But, as commissioner-elect, López will receive only about $6,000 per year. Jackie Fielder, Teen Vogue, "Gabriela López Just Became the Youngest Elected Official in San Francisco," 11 Jan. 2019 But as president-elect, Mr. López Obrador has roiled both investors and some citizens. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Job One for Mexico’s New Leader: Fix Migrant Crisis," 30 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Concerns are mounting over the far right ideology of Brazil’s newly elected president, Jair Bolsonaro. Nick Remsen, Vogue, "Rio de Janeiro, Right Now: 5 Reasons to Visit the Extraordinary Brazilian City," 19 Mar. 2019 Futhermore, those who elect the Sephora Visa Signature Credit Card will have access to what's known as Visa Signature Benefits, which have nothing to do with Sephora but seem pretty sweet nonetheless. Marci Robin, Allure, "Sephora Credit Cards (and Rewards) Are Coming — Here’s Everything We Know," 16 Mar. 2019 Companies are electing enterprise technology executives to serve on boards at a growing clip, WSJ CIO Journal has previously reported. Angus Loten, WSJ, "Companies With Tech Expertise on the Board See Higher Revenue Growth, MIT Study Finds," 13 Mar. 2019 For example, electing a President who could install family members in positions of power for no reason. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on What Makes Her Optimistic Right Now," 13 Mar. 2019 However Michael elected not to ascend the throne and after a few years under a provisional government, Russia would become part of the USSR in 1922. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Queen Victoria's Descendants Still Reign Over Europe," 17 Feb. 2019 As The Washington Post notes, Hoffman — an early PayPal executive and co-founder of LinkedIn — has emerged as a big donor to new initiatives and groups with a mission of electing Democrats. Chris Welch, The Verge, "LinkedIn co-founder says he unknowingly backed disinformation effort in Alabama Senate race," 26 Dec. 2018 Ted Cruz is the incumbent, first elected in 2012 [has] 51% favorable rating; 42% unfavorable; 7% don’t know. Fox News, "Video from 2011 creates headaches for Sinema," 12 Oct. 2018 If elected, Gabbard would be the first woman to become president of the United States. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Who Is Tulsi Gabbard? Everything You Need to Know About the 2020 Presidential Candidate," 12 Jan. 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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