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 There's no question that Newsom won the recall election. Nicholas Riccardi, ajc, 15 Sep. 2021 Gavin Newsom easily won the recall election on Tuesday night. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Sep. 2021 Moody won the November election with 52.1% of the vote. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, 14 Sep. 2021 Would Khrushchev have placed nuclear missiles in Cuba if Richard Nixon had won the 1960 presidential election instead of Kennedy? Bradley Gitz, Arkansas Online, 13 Sep. 2021 When Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger won the recall election of then-Gov. Seth Liss, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2021 Mistry never gave up interest in strengthening his community and won an election to serve as a Trustee for Bombay Parsi Panchayat, the 300-year-old charitable organization, for seven years. Robert Reiss, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 Most Republicans also consider support for Trump -- and his false claim to have won the 2020 election -- to be an important part of their own partisan identity alongside support for conservative principles. Ariel Edwards-levy And Jennifer Agiesta, CNN, 12 Sep. 2021 Hammoud won that election, and has served in the House of Representatives since 2016. Freep.com, 9 Sep. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'election.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of election

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

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18 Sep 2021

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“Election.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/election. Accessed 20 Sep. 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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