erect

adjective
\i-ˈrekt \

Definition of erect 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : vertical in position also : not spread out or decumbent an erect plant stem columns still erect in the ruins

b : standing up or out from the body erect hairs

c : characterized by firm or rigid straightness in bodily posture an erect bearing

2 archaic : directed upward

3 obsolete : alert, watchful

4 : being in a state of physiological erection

erect

verb
erected; erecting; erects

Definition of erect (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a(1) : to put up by the fitting together of materials or parts : build

(2) : to fix in an upright position

(3) : to cause to stand up or stand out

b archaic : to direct upward

c : to change (an image) from an inverted to a normal position

2 : to elevate in status

4 obsolete : encourage, embolden

5 : to draw or construct (something, such as a perpendicular or figure) upon a given base

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Other Words from erect

Adjective

erectly \i-​ˈrek-​(t)lē \ adverb
erectness \i-​ˈrek(t)-​nəs \ noun

Verb

erectable \i-​ˈrek-​tə-​bəl \ adjective

Examples of erect in a Sentence

Adjective

She sat erect, listening for her name. a lone tree remained erect after the terrible tornado had passed

Verb

The city erected a statue in his honor. They erected a marker over the grave.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Someday, a human-sized version might even be able erect habitats in space. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "This Origami Inspired Claw Will Gently Fold Around Jellyfish," 22 July 2018 This hybrid of two European/Asian species grows to be an almost architectural plant to about 5-feet tall with narrow, erect shape. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "For your Kentucky gardens, ornamental grasses are the way to go," 1 June 2018 The 5-7 Stanhope runs with erect posture and striking fluidity. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "From home-schooled runner to state champ? This Pike half-miler is on track," 15 May 2018 Natalie Mueller is an archaeobotanist at Cornell University who has spent years hunting for erect knotweed across the southern US and up into Ohio and Illinois. Annalee Newitz, Ars Technica, "Hunting for the ancient lost farms of North America," 26 Jan. 2018 At up to 12 meters tall, these spindly species were topped by a clump of erect branches vaguely resembling modern palm trees and lived a whopping 393 million to 372 million years ago. Giorgia Guglielmi, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: Yellowstone’s supervolcano, new CRISPR tools, and the odd growth strategy of ancient trees," 27 Oct. 2017 Asian elephants typically show distress with erect tails and flared ears; vocalizations such as trumpeting, rumbling, or roaring; and sudden defecation and urination. National Geographic, "Elephants Comfort Comrades During Rescue in China," 7 Nov. 2016 Fact One: Bruce Wayne is a self-indulgent finance bro who cosplays as a bat with erect nipples. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "The Only Bad Part About 'Wonder Woman' Was Batman Sliding into Her Proverbial DMs," 6 June 2017 Gen. Robert E. Lee stood erect, arms crossed over his chest, as his statue was ousted from its prominent 133-year perch in the heart of New Orleans. Jenny Jarvie, latimes.com, "New Orleans removes a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from its perch of 133 years," 19 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The military’s role is limited largely to erecting barriers along the border and providing transportation and logistical support to Customs and Border Protection. Colleen Long, The Seattle Times, "Trump backs use of ‘very safe’ tear gas on crowd of migrants," 27 Nov. 2018 That near disaster didn’t prevent Westinghouse from running his own experiment on gas illumination by erecting a 60-foot-tall pipe on his property and lighting off the gas plume. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "In Defense of Elon Musk," 16 Oct. 2018 With inspiration from Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, a street artist by the name of Sabo has erected three billboards in Hollywood, California, ahead of the Academy Awards this Sunday. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Street artist takes aim at Hollywood in signs inspired by Three Billboards," 28 Feb. 2018 In 1959, as the Cold War took hold but two years before the Berlin Wall was erected and three years before the Cuban missile crisis, Nikita Khrushchev became the first Soviet leader to visit the U.S. Tamer Fakahany, The Seattle Times, "Leaders take big gambles in visiting ‘enemy’ territory," 18 Sep. 2018 The flood of children overwhelmed the federal shelter system to the point that a tent city was hurriedly erected in Tornillo, outside El Paso, and preparations were made to house thousands of additional immigrants at military bases in Texas. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "Unmarked vans, security fences: family reunification proceeds behind curtain of secrecy," 12 July 2018 Planned vacation days for officers were canceled, fencing was erected to separate the two sides and trucks were used to block roads near the protest sites. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Anti-ICE rally surges in face of 'patriot' militia group counterprotest," 7 July 2018 Late on Friday afternoon, protesters flocked to five tent camps erected some 330 yards away from the Israeli border. Wafaa Shurafa, chicagotribune.com, "Palestinians say 13-year-old killed by Israeli gunfire along border fence," 30 June 2018 The factory was shut down at least twice for extensive upgrades, a new production line was hastily erected in a tent in the parking lot, and Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk moved from sleeping on the couch to sleeping under the desk. Fortune, "Tesla's Mad Scramble to Meet Production Deadline Is Coming to an End," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of erect

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for erect

Adjective

Middle English, from Latin erectus, past participle of erigere to erect, from e- + regere to lead straight, guide — more at right

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More Definitions for erect

erect

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of erect

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: straight up and down

: in a state of erection because of sexual excitement : swollen and stiff

erect

verb

English Language Learners Definition of erect (Entry 2 of 2)

: to build (something) by putting together materials

: to set or place (something) so that it stands up

erect

adjective
\i-ˈrekt \

Kids Definition of erect

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: straight up and down an erect tree The soldiers stood erect.

erect

verb
erected; erecting

Kids Definition of erect (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to put up by fitting together materials or parts erect a tent

2 : to set or place straight up erect a flagpole

Other Words from erect

erector \i-​ˈrek-​tər \ noun

erect

adjective
\i-ˈrekt \

Medical Definition of erect 

1 : standing up or out from the body erect hairs

2 : being in a state of physiological erection

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Legal Definition of erect 

: to give legal existence to by a formal act of authority no new State shall be formed or erected within the jurisdiction of any other StateU.S. Constitution art. IV

Other Words from erect

erection noun

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