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 The former New York City mayor, who has funneled hundreds of millions of dollars into helping elect Democrats in Congress over the years, could also help down-ballot Democrats in 2020. Benjamin Siegel, ABC News, "How Bloomberg could help Joe Biden take on Trump," 5 Mar. 2020 Now, many teachers have translated that energy to the realm of electoral politics, helping elect candidates who pledge to protect education funding while ousting lawmakers who opposed their causes. BostonGlobe.com, "When they marched on the statehouse in Frankfort, Kentucky, in the midst of a spring snowstorm and a political firestorm last year, teachers warned the governor: ‘‘We’ll remember in November.’’," 8 Nov. 2019 Now, many teachers have translated that energy to the realm of electoral politics, helping elect candidates who pledge to protect education funding while ousting lawmakers who opposed their causes. BostonGlobe.com, "When they marched on the statehouse in Frankfort, Kentucky, in the midst of a spring snowstorm and a political firestorm last year, teachers warned the governor: ‘‘We’ll remember in November.’’," 8 Nov. 2019 Now, many teachers have translated that energy to the realm of electoral politics, helping elect candidates who pledge to protect education funding while ousting lawmakers who opposed their causes. BostonGlobe.com, "When they marched on the statehouse in Frankfort, Kentucky, in the midst of a spring snowstorm and a political firestorm last year, teachers warned the governor: ‘‘We’ll remember in November.’’," 8 Nov. 2019 Now, many teachers have translated that energy to the realm of electoral politics, helping elect candidates who pledge to protect education funding while ousting lawmakers who opposed their causes. BostonGlobe.com, "When they marched on the statehouse in Frankfort, Kentucky, in the midst of a spring snowstorm and a political firestorm last year, teachers warned the governor: ‘‘We’ll remember in November.’’," 8 Nov. 2019 Republican state convention in Rochester to endorse a U.S. Senate candidate, elect national convention delegates and consider positions to be included in the party’s platform or set of policy goals. Bill Salisbury, Twin Cities, "When is the presidential primary? How early can I vote? Here’s your 2020 MN political calendar.," 30 Dec. 2019 Now, many teachers have translated that energy to the realm of electoral politics, helping elect candidates who pledge to protect education funding while ousting lawmakers who opposed their causes. BostonGlobe.com, "When they marched on the statehouse in Frankfort, Kentucky, in the midst of a spring snowstorm and a political firestorm last year, teachers warned the governor: ‘‘We’ll remember in November.’’," 8 Nov. 2019 Now, many teachers have translated that energy to the realm of electoral politics, helping elect candidates who pledge to protect education funding while ousting lawmakers who opposed their causes. BostonGlobe.com, "When they marched on the statehouse in Frankfort, Kentucky, in the midst of a spring snowstorm and a political firestorm last year, teachers warned the governor: ‘‘We’ll remember in November.’’," 8 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Charisma was the political analog to divine grace; Weber was narrating his own aspiration to be in that elect. George Blaustein, The New Republic, "Searching for Consolation in Max Weber’s Work Ethic," 2 July 2020 Tauzin and Whitehead said no meeting was held to nominate, much less elect, Lee and John. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "Ex-boss of San Antonio’s CaptureRx’s may return as consultant," 19 June 2020 John Slattery, the chief executive of Embraer’s commercial aviation operations, was named chief executive-elect of GE Aviation, effective July 13. Richard Clough, BostonGlobe.com, "GE aviation taps Embraer’s John Slattery to replace retiring CEO," 15 June 2020 Maryam Rajavi is the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s president-elect. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "After prison, an escaped Iranian dissident fears for his family, he says," 19 Feb. 2020 In December 2016, for example, China denounced Ms. Tsai’s congratulatory phone call to Donald J. Trump, then the president-elect. Chris Horton, New York Times, "Coronavirus Crisis Offers Taiwan a Chance to Push Back Against China," 22 Apr. 2020 Kevin Walker, Westlake Kiwanis’ president-elect, said in a news release. cleveland, "Local professor dons costumes to ‘care’ for her online students: Olmsted Dates and Data," 20 Apr. 2020 Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes planned to announce the final results around 3 p.m. Beshear, the state's attorney general and governor-elect, was to address reporters shortly afterward. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Matt Bevin on Kentucky recanvass: 'I'm not gonna contest these numbers that have come in'," 14 Nov. 2019 The new governor-elect avoided talking about Trump, impeachment or other polarizing national issues that risked energizing his opponent’s conservative base. Bruce Schreiner, chicagotribune.com, "Gov. Matt Bevin concedes to Andy Beshear in Kentucky governor’s race," 14 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Online option: Students with risk-factor health issues or who have immediate family members with health concerns can elect to do online learning. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, "Central Indiana schools release district-specific COVID-19 plans for fall," 11 July 2020 Residents of some communities around the state will also elect mayors and council members. Andrew Oxford, The Arizona Republic, "Here's how to vote early in Arizona's Aug. 4 primary election," 8 July 2020 The decision from the Supreme Court comes just months ahead of the November general election, when voters will head to the polls to elect a president and vice president. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Supreme Court rules states can punish "faithless electors" who buck popular vote," 6 July 2020 The general election is also critical because voters will elect the state lawmakers who will draw legislative and congressional boundaries after the 2020 census. Tim Darnell, ajc, "Biden, Democrats hope to accelerate Southern political shift," 5 July 2020 The effort to elect Khanna will pick up steam Thursday when former Ohio state legislator Nina Turner, a top Sanders campaign adviser, will release a video backing the Fremont Democrat’s candidacy. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "Bernie Sanders’ California forces want Ro Khanna — not Newsom — to lead state delegation," 17 June 2020 Online option: Schools will offer a virtual learning program for families that elect to keep their students home. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, "Central Indiana schools release district-specific COVID-19 plans for fall," 11 July 2020 After a frenzied nine-day campaign, Singaporeans are heading to the polls on Friday to elect a new parliament. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "A hotel-turned-security office signals Hong Kong’s big chill," 9 July 2020 That means Berkshire’s name will no longer appear on Black Enterprise’s annual list of S&P 500 companies that have yet to elect a single Black board member. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "These are the biggest S&P 500 companies without a single Black board member," 7 July 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elect. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for elect

elect

adjective
How to pronounce elect (audio)

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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