elec·​tion | \ i-ˈlek-shən How to pronounce election (audio) \

Definition of election

1a : an act or process of electing the election of a new governor
b : the fact of being elected her election to the Senate
2 : predestination to eternal life
3 : the right, power, or privilege of making a choice

Choose the Right Synonym for election

choice, option, alternative, preference, selection, election mean the act or opportunity of choosing or the thing chosen. choice suggests the opportunity or privilege of choosing freely. freedom of choice option implies a power to choose that is specifically granted or guaranteed. the option of paying now or later alternative implies a need to choose one and reject another possibility. equally attractive alternatives preference suggests a choice guided by one's judgment or predilections. a preference for cool weather selection implies a range of choice. a varied selection of furniture election implies an end or purpose which requires exercise of judgment. doing a tax return forces certain elections on you

Examples of election in a Sentence

He's favored to win the election. The scandal may affect his chances for election. Her election to the Senate was a surprise to many.
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Recent Examples on the Web Elliott at the time was in a tight re-election race. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Nov. 2021 Another is simply a change in leadership, which is certain now that Budish has decided not to seek re-election. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, 21 Nov. 2021 He is barred by the constitution from seeking re-election as president. Reuters, CNN, 20 Nov. 2021 Although Burdick had just been reelected and had more than three years left in her term, her resignation means the seat will be up for election in 2022. oregonlive, 20 Nov. 2021 However, those deliberations were complicated by the decision by U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, to seek re-election in the 34th District rather than his current district, which was redrawn to be more favorable to the GOP. Patrick Svitek, San Antonio Express-News, 19 Nov. 2021 All 22 seats in 11 districts will be up for election in 2022. Michelle Mullins, chicagotribune.com, 18 Nov. 2021 But Netanyahu failed to win re-election in four consecutive elections, with voters deadlocked over his leadership and trial. The Associated. Press, Arkansas Online, 17 Nov. 2021 Foxx had to address a roughly 50 percent increase in murders and shootings from 2019 to 2020 while campaigning for re-election. New York Times, 17 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of election

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of election was in the 13th century

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“Election.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/election. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of election

: the act or process of choosing someone for a public office by voting
: the fact of being elected


elec·​tion | \ i-ˈlek-shən How to pronounce election (audio) \

Kids Definition of election

: an act of choosing or the fact of being chosen especially by vote



Legal Definition of election

1a : the act or process of electing
b : an instance of the electorate voting for candidates for an elective office
c : the fact of being elected
2 : the right, power, or privilege of making a choice: as
a : the right of a spouse to choose a statutorily prescribed amount of a deceased spouse's estate or whatever was devised to him or her under the will
b : the right of a person who has an interest in property that a deceased has disposed of by will either to claim his or her right to the property or to accept what he or she was devised under the will instead
c : the right of a party to a contract that has been breached by the other party to choose to continue or terminate the contract — see also election of remedies, equitable election

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