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 The riot inside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, followed a rally at which President Trump made an inflammatory speech to his supporters, questioning the results of the election. New York Times, "As Trump Clashes With Big Tech, China’s Censored Internet Takes His Side," 15 Jan. 2021 In their letter, the delegates urged Pence to halt the designation of Virginia’s electoral delegation until a full audit of the election had taken place to determine the winner. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, "Three Republicans removed from Virginia House committees on first day of legislative session," 14 Jan. 2021 Polls show that about a third of voters, and a majority of Republicans, don't trust the results of the election. Julia Terruso Philadelphia Inquirer, Star Tribune, "Can Big Tech bans stop pro-Trump misinformation?," 13 Jan. 2021 Sherrill alleged that some of her congressional colleagues incited the mob and tried to help Trump overturn the results of the election. Josh Wingrove, BostonGlobe.com, "Ocasio-Cortez says she feared for her life in Capitol attack," 13 Jan. 2021 Last week, as Congress gathered to certify the results of the election, Mr. Giuliani spoke to crowds of thousands of Trump supporters at a Washington, D.C. rally, urging them to fight on. Rebecca Davis O’brien, WSJ, "New York State Bar Association Weighs Stripping Giuliani of Membership," 11 Jan. 2021 Others continue to push conspiracy theories that Trump is the rightful winner of the election. The Associated Press, NOLA.com, "A Slidell man went to Trump rally, spurred by QAnon. Here's how online conspiracies fueled crowds.," 8 Jan. 2021 Ossoff and Warnock will be officially sworn in after the results of the election are certified. Ben Nadler, ajc, "GOP's David Perdue concedes to Jon Ossoff in Georgia runoff," 8 Jan. 2021 Then, the result of the election is delivered to the President of the Senate, who announces the vote and declares who has been elected President and Vice President of the United States. Elly Belle, refinery29.com, "Why People Are Worried About Mike Pence Rejecting The Electoral Votes," 6 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of election

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

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The first known use of election was in the 13th century

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21 Jan 2021

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“Election.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/election. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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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