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erect

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adjective \i-ˈrekt\

Definition of erect

  1. 1a :  vertical in position; also :  not spread out or decumbent an erect plant stem columns still erect in the ruinsb :  standing up or out from the body erect hairsc :  characterized by firm or rigid straightness in bodily posture an erect bearing

  2. 2 archaic :  directed upward

  3. 3 obsolete :  alert, watchful

  4. 4 :  being in a state of physiological erection

erectly

play \i-ˈrek-(t)lē\ adverb

erectness

play \i-ˈrek(t)-nəs\ noun

Examples of erect in a sentence

  1. She sat erect, listening for her name.

  2. a lone tree remained erect after the terrible tornado had passed

Origin and Etymology of erect

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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erect

verb

Definition of erect

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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 outb archaic :  to direct upwardc :  to change (an image) from an inverted to a normal position

  3. 2 :  to elevate in status

  4. 3 :  set up, establish

  5. 4 obsolete :  encourage, embolden

  6. 5 :  to draw or construct (something, such as a perpendicular or figure) upon a given base

erectable

play \i-ˈrek-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of erect in a sentence

  1. The city erected a statue in his honor.

  2. They erected a marker over the grave.

15th Century

First Known Use of erect

15th century

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ERECT Defined for English Language Learners

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erect

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adjective \i-ˈrekt\

Definition of erect for English Language Learners

  • : straight up and down

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


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erect

verb

Definition of erect for English Language Learners

  • : to build (something) by putting together materials

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


ERECT Defined for Kids

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erect

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adjective \i-ˈrekt\

Definition of erect for Students

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

Word Root of erect

The Latin word rēctus, meaning “straight” or “right,” gives us the root rect. Words from the Latin rēctus have something to do with being straight or correct. Something erect stands straight up. Something correct is right. A rectangle is a shape made of four straight lines and four right angles.


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erect

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Definition of erect for Students

erected

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erecting

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

  2. 2 :  to set or place straight up erect a flagpole

erector

\i-ˈrek-tər\ noun

Medical Dictionary

erect

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adjective \i-ˈrekt\

Medical Definition of erect

  1. 1:  standing up or out from the body erect hairs

  2. 2:  being in a state of physiological erection


Law Dictionary

erect

transitive verb

Legal Definition of erect

  1. :  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 State — U.S. Constitution art. IV

erection

noun


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