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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chosen, electadjective

    an exclusive group of people

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

  2. elect, eliteadjective

    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. electverb

    select by a vote for an office or membership

    "We elected him chairman of the board"

  5. electverb


    "I elected to have my funds deposited automatically"


  1. electnoun

    In Calvinist theology, those foreordained to Heaven.

  2. electverb

    To choose or make a decision (to do something)

  3. electverb

    To choose (a candidate) in an election

  4. electadjective

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

    He is the President-elect.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Electadjective

    Etymology: from the verb.

    You have here, lady,
    And of your choice, these reverend fathers,
    Of singular integrity and learning;
    Yea, the elect of the land, who are assembl’d
    To plead your cause. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    The bishop elect takes the oaths of supremacy, canonical obedience, and against simony; and then the dean of the arches reads and subscribes the sentences. John Ayliffe, Parergon.

    A vitious liver, believing that Christ died for none but the elect, shall have attempts made upon him to reform and amend his life. Henry Hammond.

  2. To ELECTverb

    Etymology: electus, Latin.

    Henry his son is chosen king, though young;
    And Lewis of France, elected first, beguil’d. Samuel Daniel, C. War.

    This prince, in gratitude to the people, by whose consent he was chosen, elected a hundred senators out of the commoners. Jonathan Swift, on the Dissensions in Athens and Rome.

    Some I have chosen of peculiar grace,
    Elect above the rest: so is my will. John Milton, Paradise Lost.


  1. ELECT

    The Excellent Long-Established University Consortium of Taiwan (ELECT or U12 Consortium, Chinese: 優久聯盟; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Iu-kú Liân-bêng), formerly named as U9 Consortium, a university alliance in Taiwan. Its members are nine private universities located in New Taipei City and Taipei City and extended with three universities in Central Taiwan, with 12 universities in total, by cooperation including offering joint academic courses. Students of Member Universities can cross-register up to two classes per academic session.The member schools are equipped with specific strength and academic specialization networking, and viewed as some of historical partner universities or runner-up universities in lieu of comparing academic specialization to top universities in Taiwan, and evaluated among the best private universities in Taiwan.


  1. elect

    To elect means to choose or make a decision, commonly by vote, regarding an individual or party for a particular position or role, especially in politics. It can also refer to selecting or deciding on a course of action.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Electadjective

    chosen; taken by preference from among two or more

  2. Electadjective

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

  3. Electadjective

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

  4. Electnoun

    one chosen or set apart

  5. Electnoun

    those who are chosen for salvation

  6. Electverb

    to pick out; to select; to choose

  7. Electverb

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

  8. Electverb

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

  9. Etymology: [L. electus, p. p. of eligere to elect; e out + legere to choose. See Legend, and cf. Elite, Eclectic.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Elect

    e-lekt′, v.t. to choose out: to select for any office or purpose: to select by vote.—adj. chosen: taken by preference from among others: chosen for an office but not yet in it (almost always after the noun, as 'consul elect').—n. one chosen or set apart.—n. Elec′tion, the act of electing or choosing: the public choice of a person for office, usually by the votes of a constituent body: freewill: (theol.) the exercise of God's sovereign will in the predetermination of certain persons to salvation: (B.) those who are elected.—v.i. Electioneer′, to labour to secure the election of a candidate.—n. Electioneer′er.—n. and adj. Electioneer′ing, the soliciting of votes and other business of an election.—adj. Elect′ive, pertaining to, dependent on, or exerting the power of choice.—adv. Elect′ively.—ns. Electiv′ity; Elect′or, one who elects: one who has a vote at an election: the title formerly belonging to those princes and archbishops of the German Empire who had the right to elect the Emperor:—fem. Elect′ress, Elect′oress.—adjs. Elect′oral, Electō′rial, pertaining to elections or to electors: consisting of electors.—ns. Elect′orate, the dignity or the territory of an elector: the body of electors; Elect′orship.—The elect (theol.), those chosen by God for salvation. [L. e, out, legĕre, to choose.]

Editors Contribution

  1. elect

    To choose by a vote.

    They did elect the local candidate that best reflects their collective choice.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 9, 2020  

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of elect in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of elect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of elect in a Sentence

  1. James Clyburn:

    Let's give President-elect Biden the 100 days he needs to get his agenda off and running, and maybe we will send the articles some time after that.

  2. Nikki Haley:

    If we elect Marco Rubio, every day will be a great day in America.

  3. Daniel McGarry:

    Right now, this person is on administrative leave without pay, we're going to pursue it vigorously. The next steps are the staff member can elect arbitration.

  4. President Bush:

    Though we have political differences, I know Joe Biden to be a good man, who has won Joe Biden opportunity to lead and unify our country, the President-elect reiterated that while The President-elect ran as a Democrat, The President-elect will govern for all Americans. I offered The President-elect the same thing I offered Presidents Trump and Obama : my prayers for The President-elect success, and my pledge to help in any way I can.

  5. Matt Paul:

    Amy Klobuchar could surprise pundits here, amy Klobuchar's Amy Klobuchar, has long been working to elect Democrats in Iowa and established Amy Klobuchar as a Democrat who gets things done.

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