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 talks are part of a broader growth initiative pushed by the president-elect to foster development in Central America and southern Mexico, said Jesús Ramírez, a spokesman for Mr. López Obrador. Santiago Pérez, WSJ, "Mexico in Talks With U.S. Over Plan to Require Migrants to Stay on Its Side of Border," 24 Nov. 2018 While many details of the president-elect’s proposals have not been defined, what’s clear is that López Obrador, who won in a landslide, is poised to make a drastic departure from 12 years of heavy-handed policies against the drug trade. Martha Pskowski, The New Republic, "The Radical Amnesty Plan of Mexico’s Next President," 2 July 2018 To do that, the city’s mayor-elect will have to work quickly with the Board of Supervisors. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, "Where SF’s mayoral candidates would push hardest in next year’s budget," 18 May 2018 The governor-elect also campaigned on providing free preschool and full-day kindergarten to every Coloradan. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Democratic wins in these 9 states will have seismic policy consequences," 9 Nov. 2018 In the weeks since Duque's resounding victory over leftist ex-guerrilla Gustavo Petro, the president-elect has signaled both his loyalty to Uribe and a conviction to chart his own path. Manuel Rueda, Fox News, "Incoming Colombia president faces long list of challenges," 7 Aug. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The congressman from New York has been itching to get Donald Trump almost from the day he was elected president. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Jerry Nadler’s Contempt," 6 May 2019 Her 2018 campaign seeks to unseat Lacy Clay, who’s held the position since 2001, when he was elected to succeed his father, who had held the seat for 32 years. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Netflix's AOC Documentary, “Knock Down the House,” Might Make You Want to Riot," 1 May 2019 Voters elected as premier Jason Kenney, who had promised that his government’s first act would be to repeal the carbon tax imposed by incumbent Rachel Notley. The Editorial Page, WSJ, "Another Carbon Tax Defeat," 17 Apr. 2019 The 301-member assembly was elected to a six-year term in 2009. Ahmed Al-haj, The Seattle Times, "Yemen’s parliament convenes, elects speaker," 13 Apr. 2019 Tlaib, a Palestinian-American, and Omar, a Somali-American, are the first two Muslim women ever elected to the U.S. Congress. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Rashida Tlaib Slammed a "Hateful" Note for Ilhan Omar Left on Her Office Door," 27 Mar. 2019 So the 34-year-old go-getter has set out to do the impossible: Recruit and elect more Republican women to Congress, even as national support for the GOP among women and young people is waning. Rebecca Gale, Marie Claire, "Elise Stefanik Is Going to Bring Women Back to the GOP," 25 Mar. 2019 Missouri just elected a new Republican senator, Josh Hawley, who campaigned as a fierce critic of Google's business practices. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Google CEO Sundar Pichai will face lawmakers at a hearing next week," 28 Nov. 2018 Lawmakers approved 417-1 the enabling legislation of a 2017 constitutional change giving workers the right to elect union leaders in direct elections with secret ballots, among other pro-labor changes. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Mexican Lawmakers Approve Pro-Labor Changes," 11 Apr. 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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