erect

adjective
\ i-ˈrekt How to pronounce erect (audio) \

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 How to pronounce erectly (audio) \ adverb
erectness \ i-​ˈrek(t)-​nəs How to pronounce erectness (audio) \ noun

Verb

erectable \ i-​ˈrek-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce erectable (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for erect

Synonyms: Adjective

perpendicular, plumb, raised, standing, stand-up, upright, upstanding, vertical

Synonyms: Verb

pitch, put up, raise, rear, set up, upend, upraise

Antonyms: Adjective

flat, recumbent

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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

Jurgenson, a sociologist employed by Snap Inc. (more on that later), normalizes the phenomenon of snapshot saturation by erecting a historical, contextual scaffold around it. Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Writing the book on selfies — sociologist reframes social photos," 10 Aug. 2019 There is now a prohibition on erecting new billboards. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "Scenic Houston announces appointment of Claudia Williamson as interim president and CEO," 2 Aug. 2019 Why did my grandmother go to the trouble—and expense—of erecting the plaque at this particular time? Drew Gilpin Faust, The Atlantic, "Race, History, and Memories of a Virginia Girlhood," 18 July 2019 The Vanderbilts are best remembered for displaying their extravagant wealth by erecting opulent mansions on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, in Newport, Rhode Island, and in North Carolina. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "What happened to Gloria Vanderbilt’s money?," 9 July 2019 An anonymous donor who gave $15 million and a cadre of New York’s graphic-design champions helped materialize the dream of erecting a fitting shrine to important posters from the 18th century to the present. Anne Quito, Quartzy, "A new museum dedicated to the enduring power of posters opens in New York City," 20 June 2019 Third, as in Chile, the commission in Maryland will receive recommendations from the public, including from victims’ families, about erecting memorials and historical markers where lynchings occurred. Kelebogile Zvobgo, The Conversation, "Maryland has created a truth commission on lynchings – can it deliver?," 14 June 2019 Five years after the death of railroad magnate James J. Hill, his dream of erecting a public library in the heart of downtown St. Paul became a reality set in Tennessee marble and Minnesota sandstone. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Nearing the century mark, downtown St. Paul’s James J. Hill Center to close in July," 11 June 2019 The decision could allow the president to finally deliver on one of his biggest campaign promises: to erect a southern border wall to block immigrants from illegally crossing into the U.S. Los Angeles Times, "Supreme Court rules for Trump in border wall funding dispute," 26 July 2019

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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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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 How to pronounce erect (audio) \

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 How to pronounce erect (audio) \

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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