elec·​tion | \ i-ˈlek-shən How to pronounce election (audio) \

Definition of election

1a : an act or process of electing the election of a new governor
b : the fact of being elected her election to the Senate
2 : predestination to eternal life
3 : the right, power, or privilege of making a choice

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Choose the Right Synonym for election

choice, option, alternative, preference, selection, election mean the act or opportunity of choosing or the thing chosen. choice suggests the opportunity or privilege of choosing freely. freedom of choice option implies a power to choose that is specifically granted or guaranteed. the option of paying now or later alternative implies a need to choose one and reject another possibility. equally attractive alternatives preference suggests a choice guided by one's judgment or predilections. a preference for cool weather selection implies a range of choice. a varied selection of furniture election implies an end or purpose which requires exercise of judgment. doing a tax return forces certain elections on you

Examples of election in a Sentence

He's favored to win the election. The scandal may affect his chances for election. Her election to the Senate was a surprise to many.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Gallego, a former councilwoman, was elected as the leader of the nation's fifth largest city in March following a grueling 18-month election cycle. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Watch LIVE: Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego's first State of the City address," 13 June 2019 Last election cycle, Abbott actively campaigned against three House members during the Republican primary, including Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio, and Rep. Sarah Davis, R-West University Place. Allie Morris, ExpressNews.com, "Gov. Abbott says he won’t challenge GOP incumbents, a departure from 2018," 12 June 2019 That is, to some extent, a result of the coming election cycle, in which their fates are tied together. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Corruption Is the Tie that Binds for Trump-Era Republicans," 11 June 2019 The presidential equivalent of speed dating played out over the weekend in the state that kicks off the 2020 election cycle next January. John Myers, latimes.com, "California lawmakers will vote on a budget this week. But it’s not the end of the story," 10 June 2019 But the threshold to qualify for the upcoming primary debates might keep some candidates off the stage, depriving them of the opportunity to reach millions of voters as the country moves into the 2020 election cycle. Erin Corbett, Fortune, "2020 Democratic Primary Debates: Everything You Need to Know," 10 June 2019 The effect of the virtual caucus In previous election cycles, caucus participation was limited to people who physically showed up at the local caucus sites. Eric Kleefeld, Vox, "Poll: Biden is ahead in Iowa, but Warren and Buttigieg are coming up strong," 9 June 2019 The Democratic Party gathering in Iowa on Sunday, the state’s first major event of the 2020 election cycle, had the atmosphere of a circus, and one with a very, very big tent. New York Times, "Democrats Descend on Iowa for a Chance to Break Through," 9 June 2019 The largest gathering of presidential candidates in the 2020 election cycle so far will take place Sunday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa at the Iowa Democratic Party's Hall of Fame Celebration. Musadiq Bidar, CBS News, "Democrats look to test their messages at largest gathering of presidential candidates yet," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of election

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of election

: the act or process of choosing someone for a public office by voting
: the fact of being elected


elec·​tion | \ i-ˈlek-shən How to pronounce election (audio) \

Kids Definition of election

: an act of choosing or the fact of being chosen especially by vote



Legal Definition of election

1a : the act or process of electing
b : an instance of the electorate voting for candidates for an elective office
c : the fact of being elected
2 : the right, power, or privilege of making a choice: as
a : the right of a spouse to choose a statutorily prescribed amount of a deceased spouse's estate or whatever was devised to him or her under the will
b : the right of a person who has an interest in property that a deceased has disposed of by will either to claim his or her right to the property or to accept what he or she was devised under the will instead
c : the right of a party to a contract that has been breached by the other party to choose to continue or terminate the contract — see also election of remedies, equitable election

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