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e·lect

 (ĭ-lĕkt′)
tr.v. e·lect·ed, e·lect·ing, e·lects
1. To select by vote for an office or for membership: elected her club president.
2. To pick out; select: elect an art course.
3. To decide, especially by preference: elected to take the summer off.
4. To select by divine will for salvation. Used of God.
adj.
1. Chosen deliberately; singled out: an elect group of advisers.
2.
a. Elected but not yet installed. Often used in combination: the governor-elect.
b. Chosen for marriage. Often used in combination: the bride-elect.
3. Selected by divine will for salvation.
n.
1. One that is chosen or selected.
2. One selected by divine will for salvation.
3. (used with a pl. verb) An exclusive group of people. Used with the: one of the elect who have power inside the government.

[Middle English electen, from Latin ēligere, ēlēct-, to select : ē-, ex-, ex- + legere, to choose; see leg- in Indo-European roots.]
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elect

(ɪˈlɛkt)
vb
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (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. (Theology) (tr) (of God) to select or predestine for the grace of salvation
adj
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (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. (Ecclesiastical Terms) 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]
eˈlectable adj
eˌlectaˈbility n
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e•lect

(ɪˈlɛkt)

v.t.
1. to choose or select by vote, as for an office: to elect a mayor.
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.
v.i.
5. to choose or select someone or something, as by voting.
adj.
6. selected for an office, but not yet inducted (usu. used in combination): the governor-elect.
7. select or choice: an elect circle of artists.
8. chosen by God, esp. for eternal life.
n.
9. the elect or elected,
a. persons chosen or worthy to be chosen.
b. a person or persons chosen by God, esp. for favor or salvation.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Latin ēlēctus, past participle of ēligere to select, pick out =ē- e- + -ligere, comb. form of legere to gather]
e•lect′a•ble, adj.
e•lect`a•bil′i•ty, n.
e•lec•tee (ɪ lɛkˈti) n.
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elect

1. used as a verb

Elect is usually a verb. When people elect someone, they choose that person to represent them, by voting for them.

They met to elect a president.
Why should we elect him Mayor?
You could be elected as an MP.

Be Careful!
You only say that someone is elected when they are chosen by voting. If they are chosen in some other way, you use another word such as appoint, choose, select, or pick.

See choose
2. used as an adjective

Elect is sometimes added after words such as president or governor to indicate that someone has been appointed to a post but has not officially started to carry out their duties. When elect has this meaning, it is only used immediately after a noun.

...the President elect.

Be Careful!
You do not use 'elect' as an adjective simply to say that someone has been elected by voting. Instead you use elected in front of a noun.

...a democratically elected government.
...the newly elected president.
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elect


Past participle: elected
Gerund: electing

Imperative
elect
elect
Present
I elect
you elect
he/she/it elects
we elect
you elect
they elect
Preterite
I elected
you elected
he/she/it elected
we elected
you elected
they elected
Present Continuous
I am electing
you are electing
he/she/it is electing
we are electing
you are electing
they are electing
Present Perfect
I have elected
you have elected
he/she/it has elected
we have elected
you have elected
they have elected
Past Continuous
I was electing
you were electing
he/she/it was electing
we were electing
you were electing
they were electing
Past Perfect
I had elected
you had elected
he/she/it had elected
we had elected
you had elected
they had elected
Future
I will elect
you will elect
he/she/it will elect
we will elect
you will elect
they will elect
Future Perfect
I will have elected
you will have elected
he/she/it will have elected
we will have elected
you will have elected
they will have elected
Future Continuous
I will be electing
you will be electing
he/she/it will be electing
we will be electing
you will be electing
they will be electing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been electing
you have been electing
he/she/it has been electing
we have been electing
you have been electing
they have been electing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been electing
you will have been electing
he/she/it will have been electing
we will have been electing
you will have been electing
they will have been electing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been electing
you had been electing
he/she/it had been electing
we had been electing
you had been electing
they had been electing
Conditional
I would elect
you would elect
he/she/it would elect
we would elect
you would elect
they would elect
Past Conditional
I would have elected
you would have elected
he/she/it would have elected
we would have elected
you would have elected
they would have elected
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.elect - an exclusive group of peopleelect - an exclusive group of people; "one of the elect who have power inside the government"
elite, elite group - a group or class of persons enjoying superior intellectual or social or economic status
Verb1.elect - select by a vote for an office or membership; "We elected him chairman of the board"
choose, pick out, select, take - pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives; "Take any one of these cards"; "Choose a good husband for your daughter"; "She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her"
co-opt - choose or elect as a fellow member or colleague; "The church members co-opted individuals from similar backgrounds to replenish the congregation"
reelect, return - elect again
2.elect - choose; "I elected to have my funds deposited automatically"
choose, pick out, select, take - pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives; "Take any one of these cards"; "Choose a good husband for your daughter"; "She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her"
Adj.1.elect - selected as the best; "an elect circle of artists"; "elite colleges"
selected - chosen in preference to another
2.elect - elected but not yet installed in office; "the president elect"
incoming - arriving at a place or position; "incoming class"; "incoming mail"
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elect

verb
1. vote for, choose, pick, determine, select, appoint, opt for, designate, pick out, settle on, decide upon The people have voted to elect a new president.
2. choose, decide, prefer, select, opt Those electing to smoke will be seated at the rear.
adjective
1. selected, chosen, picked, choice, preferred, select, elite, of choice, hand-picked one of the elect few permitted to enter
2. future, to-be, coming, next, appointed, designate, prospective the date when the president-elect takes office
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elect

verb
1. To select by vote for an office:
ballot, vote (in).
2. To make a choice from a number of alternatives:
choose, cull, opt (for), pick (out), select, single (out).
adjective
Singled out in preference:
noun
One that is selected:
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Translations
مُنْتَخَب، مُخْتاريَخْتاريَنْتَخِبيَنْتَخِبُ
volit
vælgedesignerettiltrædende
päättäätulevavalitavalita vaalillavastavalittu
birati
megválaszt
kjósanÿkjörinn, verîandivelja, kjósa sér
選挙する
선출하다
apsispręstiišrinktasišrinktirinkėjųrinkimai
ievēlētievēlētsizvēlētiesvēlēts
voliťzvolený
voliti
väljavald
คัดเลือก
bầutân cử

elect

[ɪˈlekt]
A. VT
1. (Pol etc) → elegir (to para) he was elected chairmanfue elegido presidente
2. (= choose) → elegir
he elected to remaineligió quedarse
B. ADJ (after noun) → electo
the president electel/la presidente/a electo/a
C. N the electlos elegidos, los predestinados
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

elect

[ɪˈlɛkt]
vt
(by voting)élire
to elect sb as sth, to elect sb sth → élire qn qch
to be elected sth [+ leader, principal] → être élu(e) qch
(= choose) to elect to do sth → choisir de faire qch
adjdésigné(e)
the president elect → le futur président
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

elect

vt
(by vote) → wählen; he was elected chairman/MPer wurde zum Vorsitzenden/Abgeordneten gewählt; to elect somebody to the Senatejdn in den Senat wählen
(= choose)(er)wählen, sich entscheiden für; to elect to do somethingsich dafür entscheiden, etw zu tun; to elect French nationalitysich für die französische Staatsangehörigkeit entscheiden
adj the president electder designierte or künftige Präsident
pl (esp Rel) the electdie Auserwählten pl
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

elect

[ɪˈlɛkt]
1. vt
a. (Pol) to elect (to)eleggere (a)
he was elected chairman → è stato eletto presidente
b. to elect to do (decide) → decidere or scegliere di fare
he elected to remain → ha deciso di restare
2. adjfuturo/a
the president elect → il presidente designato
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

elect

(iˈlekt) verb
1. to choose by vote. He was elected chairman; elected to the committee.
2. to choose (to do something). They elected to go by taxi.
adjective
(placed immediately after noun) chosen for office but not yet in it. the president elect.
eˈlection (-ʃən) noun
the choosing, or choice, (usually by vote) of person(s) for office. When do the elections take place?; He is standing for election again.
eˌlectioˈneer (-ʃə-) verb
to work to bring about the election of a candidate.
eˈlector noun
a person who has the right to vote at an election. Not all the electors bothered to vote.
eˈlectoral adjective
of elections or electors. The names of all electors are listed in the electoral roll.
eˈlectorate (-rət) noun
all electors taken together. Half of the electorate did not vote.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

elect

يَنْتَخِبُ volit vælge wählen εκλέγω elegir valita vaalilla élire birati eleggere 選挙する 선출하다 verkiezen velge wybrać eleger избирать välja คัดเลือก seçmek bầu 推选
Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009

elect

vt. elegir, escoger.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
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