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 Now, many teachers have translated that energy to the realm of electoral politics, helping elect candidates who pledge to protect education funding while ousting lawmakers who opposed their causes. BostonGlobe.com, "When they marched on the statehouse in Frankfort, Kentucky, in the midst of a spring snowstorm and a political firestorm last year, teachers warned the governor: ‘‘We’ll remember in November.’’," 8 Nov. 2019 Now, many teachers have translated that energy to the realm of electoral politics, helping elect candidates who pledge to protect education funding while ousting lawmakers who opposed their causes. Moriah Balingit, Washington Post, "In a Kentucky upset, aggrieved teachers made a difference," 7 Nov. 2019 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 document contained unverified information and, among other things, claimed the Russians had compromising information on Trump, who by November 2016 was the president-elect. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Cindy McCain to award 'John McCain' leadership prize at security conference," 22 Nov. 2019 His speeches regularly appear on Fox News, and Jeffress gave a private sermon to the president-elect and his family before Trump was sworn in on Jan. 20, 2017. Author: Katie Shepherd, Anchorage Daily News, "GOP congressman slams Trump for warning of ‘civil war’ over impeachment," 30 Sep. 2019 Guatemala’s president-elect, Alejandro Giammattei, has criticized the deal, but Trump officials reiterated this month that the United States will slash government assistance if Guatemala backs out. Nick Miroff, Washington Post, "Trump administration to begin sending asylum seekers to Guatemala as soon as this week," 28 Oct. 2019 The new generation of residential towers, rising in their vertiginous narrowness and affordable to only the elect, are the symbols of our time: the wealthy giving the finger to the city. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Why They Bulldozed Your Block," 21 Oct. 2019 In 1982, Princess Grace of Monaco, formerly actress Grace Kelly, died at age 52 of injuries from a car crash the day before; Lebanon’s president-elect, Bashir Gemayel, was killed by a bomb. BostonGlobe.com, "In 1812, Napoleon Bonaparte’s troops entered Moscow following the Battle of Borodino to find the Russian city largely abandoned and parts set ablaze.," 14 Sep. 2019 In 1982, Princess Grace of Monaco, formerly actress Grace Kelly, died at age 52 of injuries from a car crash the day before; Lebanon's president-elect, Bashir Gemayel (bah-SHEER' jeh-MAY'-el), was killed by a bomb. orlandosentinel.com, "Today in history: September 14," 14 Sep. 2019 Liston is president-elect of the Columbus Medical Association. cleveland.com, "Sorting out Ohio hemp and marijuana laws: Capitol Letter," 19 Aug. 2019 Besides dentures, retainers, loose teeth and tongue piercings can cause problems, said Peterson, who is president-elect of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Carla K. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Missing dentures found stuck in man’s throat 8 days after surgery," 14 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In 1945, he was elected to the House of Commons for the Labour party. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Why Harold Wilson Was One of Queen Elizabeth's Favorite Prime Ministers," 17 Nov. 2019 American Crime Story has elected Clive Owen to play Bill Clinton in its third installment, Impeachment. Tim Stack, EW.com, "Clive Owen to play Bill Clinton in Impeachment: American Crime Story," 15 Nov. 2019 In 2016, Rodrigo Duterte was elected president, promising to eradicate drugs from the country. Whitney Johnson, National Geographic, "For these photographers, 'documenting history' has perils," 14 Nov. 2019 The then 40-year-old elder Gandhi brother himself had been an Air India pilot for 12 years before getting elected to parliament in 1984. Sanaya Chandar, Quartz India, "Rajiv Gandhi: The man who opened a can of worms at the Babri mosque," 9 Nov. 2019 Weak institutions and ethnic diversity bred strong leaders who, once elected, became entrenched. John J Stremlau, Quartz Africa, "The fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago still resonates across Africa," 8 Nov. 2019 Despite having to cope with numerous absentees, Roma have elected not to offer Rodwell a contract, according to Goal. SI.com, "Roma Decide Against Signing Jack Rodwell After Midfielder Fails to Impress on Trial," 4 Nov. 2019 He was later elected to the House and will be one of the members deciding whether to impeach Trump. George Petras, USA Today, "Pathway of the impeachment process: How it works, where we are," 4 Nov. 2019 Bolsonaro was elected last October after running on a conservative platform that promised a crackdown on crime and corruption. Walter Brandimarte, Bloomberg.com, "Brazil’s Bolsonaro Furious as His Name Is Cited in Murder Case," 30 Oct. 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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27 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Elect.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electing. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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More Definitions for elect

elect

adjective
How to pronounce elect (audio)

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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