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

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

Currently president-elect, Sosin will become president of the 27-member board of governors of the association, which oversees the operation and management of the bar association. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Orland attorney new president of state bar association," 7 June 2019 Governor-elect Walz often says this: if the children and families in Indian Country are doing well in Minnesota, the entire state is doing well. Rory Taylor, Teen Vogue, "Lieutenant Governor-Elect of Minnesota Peggy Flanagan Becomes the Highest-Ranking Native Woman Elected to Executive Office in the United States," 3 Dec. 2018 But Patrick Lewis, president-elect for the Arizona Association of Realtors, is not convinced the housing numbers are accurate. Dani Coble, azcentral, "Phoenix, Buckeye among fastest-growing U.S. cities in 2017," 30 May 2018 The talks are part of a broader growth initiative pushed by the president-elect to foster development in Central America and southern Mexico, said Jesús Ramírez, a spokesman for Mr. López Obrador. Santiago Pérez, WSJ, "Mexico in Talks With U.S. Over Plan to Require Migrants to Stay on Its Side of Border," 24 Nov. 2018 While many details of the president-elect’s proposals have not been defined, what’s clear is that López Obrador, who won in a landslide, is poised to make a drastic departure from 12 years of heavy-handed policies against the drug trade. Martha Pskowski, The New Republic, "The Radical Amnesty Plan of Mexico’s Next President," 2 July 2018 To do that, the city’s mayor-elect will have to work quickly with the Board of Supervisors. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, "Where SF’s mayoral candidates would push hardest in next year’s budget," 18 May 2018 The governor-elect also campaigned on providing free preschool and full-day kindergarten to every Coloradan. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Democratic wins in these 9 states will have seismic policy consequences," 9 Nov. 2018 In the weeks since Duque's resounding victory over leftist ex-guerrilla Gustavo Petro, the president-elect has signaled both his loyalty to Uribe and a conviction to chart his own path. Manuel Rueda, Fox News, "Incoming Colombia president faces long list of challenges," 7 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But unlike Trump, he had not been elected in his own right and lacked the ability to rally a substantial number of Americans to his side. Michael Kazin, The New Republic, "The Impossibility of Impeachment," 10 June 2019 Donald Trump is the first president to ever be elected while being actively disliked by the majority of Americans. Brendan Lind, The Conversation, "The most unpopular presidential election winner ever could win again in 2020," 10 June 2019 If elected, Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, would likely be the first president with student loan debt. Michelle R. Smith, chicagotribune.com, "Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg's high student loan debt draws attention to the issue," 8 June 2019 His father was a white-collar office worker, and Beierle earned badges as a Boy Scout, worked as a paperboy, served as an acolyte in his Methodist church and was elected vice president of the Vestal High Class of 1997. Steve Hendrix, Anchorage Daily News, "He always hated women. Then he decided to kill them.," 7 June 2019 Rehberg was appointed to the board in October 2012 to fill a vacancy before being elected to the position in April 2013. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "Carpentersville trustee resigns board seat because he's relocating to Florida," 6 June 2019 Wright was elected to Congress last fall, replacing longtime GOP Rep. Joe Barton in the district that stretches from Arlington to Ellis and Navarro counties. Matthew Adams, Dallas News, "Should women who have abortions go to jail? 'Absolutely,' says Arlington Rep. Ron Wright," 6 June 2019 One of the founders of the new political party runs for President and if elected plans to replace the current Washington agenda with a government — of the people, by the people and for the people. Maureen Robertson, Ramona Sentinel, "News Briefs: Bow Wow Pow Wow, school plan public hearing," 5 June 2019 If elected, Buttigieg himself would break a major barrier as the first openly gay president. NBC News, "Buttigieg, at private fundraiser, reflects on challenge of winning black voters," 4 June 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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elect

adjective

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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