erect

1 of 2

adjective

1
a
: 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
erectly adverb
erectness noun

erect

2 of 2

verb

erected; erecting; erects

transitive verb

1
a(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
3
4
obsolete : encourage, embolden
5
: to draw or construct (something, such as a perpendicular or figure) upon a given base
erectable 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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Nine of the human figures form a circle, within which are the other two human figures (male, judging by the erect genitalia). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 17 Apr. 2024 In fact, Kenney, standing erect and unflappable, made everything, old and new, sound much the same, as if conjuring a kind of musical talisman against ground that too easily shifts. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2024
Verb
But, rather than locking these women in the wench kennel, Jamaica should have erected statues to them for resolving the colonial liquidity crisis. Daniel Immerwahr, The New Yorker, 15 July 2024 The lure of easy dollars explains why, on a former horse farm seven miles outside of town, a massive crane is erecting the walls for still another data center. Dana Milbank, Washington Post, 10 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for erect 

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

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

First Known Use

Adjective

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

Verb

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of erect was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Erect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/erect. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

erect

1 of 2 adjective
1
: straight up and down : upright
an erect pole
erect poplars
2
: straight in posture
sit erect
3
: directed upward : raised
a tree with erect branches
4
: being in a state of physiological erection
erectly adverb
erectness noun

erect

2 of 2 verb
1
: to put up or together by fitting together materials : build, assemble
erect a building
erect a playground slide
2
: to set upright
erect a flagpole
3
: to construct (as a perpendicular) on a given base
erector
i-ˈrek-tər
noun

Medical Definition

erect

adjective
1
: standing up or out from the body
erect hairs
2
: being in a state of physiological erection

Legal Definition

erect

transitive verb
: 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
erection noun

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