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

The west orange city, located about 10 miles west of Orlando, is planning to erect its own memorial next year, likely in a park near Starke Lake. Stephen Hudak, orlandosentinel.com, "Downtown marker memorializes July Perry, lynched in Orlando nearly a century ago," 21 June 2019 In a sandy draw of the Santa Rita Hills, a cannabis company is planning to erect hoop greenhouses over 147 acres — the size of 130 football fields — to create the largest legal marijuana grow on earth. Joe Mozingo, San Diego Union-Tribune, "The world’s largest pot farms, and how Santa Barbara opened the door," 12 June 2019 The student body at Youth’s Benefit would outgrow the original school building to the point where a second building was erected in 1973, but the kids kept coming and, as with all things, the original building aged, then the second building aged. The Aegis, "Pride, progress, learning for Fallston [Editorial]," 20 Apr. 2018 Hutt and a group of his fellow dedicated fellow enthusiasts have been camped along a wall of the hospital since late Monday, April 9, when signs were erected to ban street parking. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Meet the Superfans Who Camp Outside Kate Middleton's Hospital Before Every Royal Baby Birth," 14 Apr. 2018 Previous owner Jeffrey Loria had planned to erect a statue and retire the number of Fernandez, the charismatic Cuban defector who was the 2013 National League Rookie of the Year and a two-time All-Star. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Marlins to honor Jose Fernandez, Felo Ramirez with plaques outside Marlins Park," 8 Mar. 2018 That might have been more inspiring when the bull was erected following the 1987 stock market crash. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to be Fearless in the Face of a Pissing Pug," 1 June 2017 In 1901, demand was such that tents were erected around the hotel. Town & Country, "These Are the 83 Top Hotels Around the World," 6 Oct. 2016 Not even a street sign could be erected without his approval. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Who is Clarence Geist and why did they name a reservoir after him?," 20 June 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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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 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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