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elect

[ih-lekt] /ɪˈlɛkt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to choose or select by vote, as for an office:
to elect a mayor.
Antonyms: reject.
2.
to determine in favor of (a method, course of action, etc.).
Antonyms: reject.
3.
to pick out; choose:
First-year students may elect French, Spanish, or German.
4.
Theology. (of God) to select for divine mercy or favor, especially for salvation.
verb (used without object)
5.
to choose or select someone or something, as by voting.
adjective
6.
selected, as for an office, but not yet inducted (usually used in combination following a noun):
the governor-elect.
7.
select or choice:
an elect circle of artists.
8.
Theology. chosen by God, especially for eternal life.
noun, the elect
9.
a person or the persons chosen or worthy to be chosen.
10.
Theology. a person or persons chosen by God, especially for favor or salvation.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Latin ēlēctus chosen (past participle of ēligere), equivalent to ē- e-1 + leg- choose + -tus past participle suffix; see elite
Related forms
electee
[ih-lek-tee] /ɪ lɛkˈti/ (Show IPA),
noun
nonelect, noun
preelect, verb (used with object)
reelect, verb (used with object)
Synonym Study
3. See choose.

elect.

Also, elec.
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Examples from the web for elect
  • The fact of the matter is that the vast majority of aggrieved individuals in the world elect not to sue.
  • We continue to elect people who have no abilities whatsoever.
  • Extremists may elect to use conventional or non-conventional weapons, and target both official and private interests.
  • It is up to humans themselves to elect the purpose and format of their life as individuals and as group-members.
  • We elect politicians to be presidents, not engineers.
  • It depends on whose extrapolation of those mortality curves you elect to use.
  • Anything you can achieve by simply saying no, they can undo by simply persuading voters not to re-elect you.
  • The president-elect's eyes twinkled and he said he was reminded of a story.
  • He helps re-elect them, so they or their families make fortunes.
  • He hasn't been completely abandoned by the news media that helped elect him.
British Dictionary definitions for elect

elect

/ɪˈlɛkt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to choose (someone) to be (a representative or a public official) by voting: they elected him Mayor
2.
to select; choose: to elect to die rather than surrender
3.
(transitive) (of God) to select or predestine for the grace of salvation
adjective
4.
(immediately postpositive) voted into office but not yet installed: the president elect
5.
  1. chosen or choice; selected or elite
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the elect
6.
(Christianity)
  1. selected or predestined by God to receive salvation; chosen
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the elect
Derived Forms
electable, adjective
electability, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin ēligere to select, from legere to choose
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Word Origin and History for elect
v.

early 15c., from Latin electus, past participle of eligere "to pick out, choose" (see election). Related: Elected; electing.

adj.

early 15c., from Latin electus, past participle of eligere (see election).

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Related Abbreviations for elect

elect.

electronic
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