elect

[ih-lekt]
verb (used with object)
1.
to choose or select by vote, as for an office: to elect a mayor. reject.
2.
to determine in favor of (a method, course of action, etc.). 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; Middle English < Latin ēlēctus chosen (past participle of ēligere), equivalent to ē- e-1 + leg- choose + -tus past participle suffix; see elite

electee [ih-lek-tee] , noun
nonelect, noun
preelect, verb (used with object)
reelect, verb (used with object)


3. See choose.
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elect (ɪˈlɛkt)
 
vb
1.  (tr) 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.  (tr) (of God) to select or predestine for the grace of salvation
 
adj
4.  (immediately postpositive) voted into office but not yet installed: the president elect
5.  a.  chosen or choice; selected or elite
 b.  (as collective noun; preceded by the): the elect
6.  Christianity
 a.  selected or predestined by God to receive salvation; chosen
 b.  (as collective noun; preceded by the): the elect
 
[C15: from Latin ēligere to select, from legere to choose]
 
e'lectable
 
adj
 
electa'bility
 
n

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elect
late 15c., from L. electus, pp. of eligere (see election). Related: Elected; electing.
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Example sentences for elects
Dyer elects, then, to close off the area from which they took their samples.
In smaller municipalities, the public elects mayors and councilors.
The council elects one member from among its body to act a president of the council.
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