Definitions for ELECTɪˈlɛkt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to choose or select by vote, as for an office:

    to elect a mayor.

    Category: Government

  2. to determine in favor of (a method, course of action, etc.).

  3. to choose (a course of study).

  4. (of God) to select for divine mercy or favor, esp. for salvation.

    Category: Religion

  5. (v.i.)to choose or select someone or something, as by voting.

    Category: Government

  6. (adj.)selected for an office, but not yet inducted (usu. used in combination):

    the governor-elect.

    Category: Government

  7. select or choice:

    an elect circle of artists.

  8. chosen by God, esp. for eternal life.

    Category: Religion

  9. (n.)the elect or elected, persons chosen or worthy to be chosen. a person or persons chosen by God, esp. for favor or salvation.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Religion

Origin of elect:

1250–1300; ME < L ēlēctus, ptp. of ēligere to select, pick out =ē-e - +-ligere, comb. form of legere to gather

e•lec•teeɪ lɛkˈti(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. chosen, elect(adj)

    an exclusive group of people

    "one of the elect who have power inside the government"

  2. elect, elite(adj)

    selected as the best

    "an elect circle of artists"; "elite colleges"

  3. elect(ip)(verb)

    elected but not yet installed in office

    "the president elect"

  4. elect(verb)

    select by a vote for an office or membership

    "We elected him chairman of the board"

  5. elect(verb)


    "I elected to have my funds deposited automatically"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. elect(verb)ɪˈlɛkt

    to vote sb into an official position

    to elect a president; They elected her as their union representative.

  2. electɪˈlɛkt

    to choose to

    She elected to put all her money in the fund.


  1. elect(Noun)

    In Calvinist theology, those foreordained to Heaven.

  2. elect(Verb)

    To choose or make a decision (to do something)

  3. elect(Verb)

    To choose (a candidate) in an election

  4. elect(Adjective)

    Who has been elected in a specified post, but has not yet entered office.

    He is the President-elect.

  5. Origin: From electus, past participle of eligere, from e- + legere; see legend.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Elect(adj)

    chosen; taken by preference from among two or more

  2. Elect(adj)

    chosen as the object of mercy or divine favor; set apart to eternal life

  3. Elect(adj)

    chosen to an office, but not yet actually inducted into it; as, bishop elect; governor or mayor elect

  4. Elect(noun)

    one chosen or set apart

  5. Elect(noun)

    those who are chosen for salvation

  6. Elect(verb)

    to pick out; to select; to choose

  7. Elect(verb)

    to select or take for an office; to select by vote; as, to elect a representative, a president, or a governor

  8. Elect(verb)

    to designate, choose, or select, as an object of mercy or favor

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ELECT' in Verbs Frequency: #396

Translations for ELECT

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to choose by vote

He was elected chairman; elected to the committee.

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