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 isolation ward for Ebola patients is a tent erected in the garden of the local hospital. Washington Post, "Ugandan medics now tackling Ebola say they lack supplies," 15 June 2019 Housed inside a church erected in 1904, the 23-room boutique hotel opened its doors to guests on June 5th. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "This 115-Year-Old East Nashville Church Just Reopened as a Boutique Hotel," 7 June 2019 Much of the activity at the municipal center Monday morning focused around a growing memorial erected in front of building 11, which houses the police department. Rose Velazquez, USA TODAY, "In Virginia Beach, a struggle to return to routine less than 72 hours after tragedy," 2 June 2019 Those very same images were chosen by Dior’s artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri to decorate the pavilion erected in the Musée Rodin’s gardens in Paris for her Fall 2019 collection last month. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, "In Milan, A New Exhibition Celebrates Italian Feminist Artists of the 1970s," 5 Apr. 2019 Built on the site of a tent camp erected in around 1926 to house visiting dignitaries, LeConte Lodge hosts day trippers as well as overnight guests. Joe Yogerst, National Geographic, "Everything to know about Great Smoky Mountains National Park," 28 Mar. 2019 At issue is the American Legion’s 40-foot-tall Bladensburg cross erected in 1925 to pay respect to 49 men from Prince George’s County in Maryland who died in World War I. In 1961 the state of Maryland acquired... The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Supreme Court Cross-Roads," 26 Feb. 2019 In recent years, Stalin has been making a comeback in the public eye in Russia, with monuments erected in several cities and his face dotting souvenir stands. Maria Danilova, The Seattle Times, "Russian novel tells story of survival, love in Stalin’s camp," 14 Jan. 2019 Plans include a Nanosaurus skeleton to be erected on the museum’s roof, according to Dr. Ron Tykoski, director of the museum’s new paleontology lab. Anna Caplan, star-telegram, "The 'summer of the dinosaur' continues with new exhibit at the Perot Museum," 28 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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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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