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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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 National polls show Biden holding a narrow lead over Trump, who carried the state in the 2016 election over Democrat Hillary Clinton. Cleo Krejci, The Arizona Republic, "Biden backers talk COVID-19 inequities, make pitch for Latino vote in Arizona," 7 Aug. 2020 Four years after online misinformation was weaponized in the 2016 election, Big Tech is still on the backfoot. CNN, "Big Tech's head-spinning rules for the 2020 election," 7 Aug. 2020 The bleakness of the COVID-19 pandemic recalls another time when social media sites like Twitter were overflowing with contention — the 2016 presidential election. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, "The cure to doomscrolling blues? Chicago professor’s #SomethingBeautiful hashtag strikes a COVID-19 chord worldwide.," 5 Aug. 2020 Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election in Alabama by nearly 28 percentage points. al, "Tuberville softens stance on jobless benefits after saying $600 boost is ‘way too much’," 5 Aug. 2020 Trump won the longtime red state by nine points in the 2016 election, down from Republican nominee Mitt Romney's 16-point win over then-President Barack Obama in Texas in 2012. Fox News, "Biden staffs up and launches new ads in Texas," 4 Aug. 2020 Spurred on by the outcry surrounding widespread Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Reddit has already tracked and banned suspicious accounts for years. Robert Peck, Wired, "The Hate-Fueled Rise of r/The_Donald—and Its Epic Takedown," 3 Aug. 2020 Foreign interference played a significant role in the 2016 election, of course. Steve Peoples, Star Tribune, "Foreign threats loom ahead of US presidential election," 1 Aug. 2020 Wisconsin's 3rd Congressional District was carried by Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election. Oren Oppenheim, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "3rd Congressional District primary: Kind has challenge on left; GOP wants to flip district," 31 July 2020

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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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12 Aug 2020

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“Election.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/election. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce election (audio)

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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