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elect

e·lect

elect

 
 
pronunciation:
ih lekt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, adjective, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: elected, electing, elects
definition 1: to select through the process of voting.
The city will be electing a new mayor next week.She was elected prime minister by a narrow margin of voters.
synonyms:
vote
antonyms:
abjure
similar words:
choose, coopt, pitch, select
definition 2: to select as the person to accomplish a particular task, usually through a process of voting.
The people elected him to clean up the corruption.
definition 3: to choose (something) from among various possibilities.
He elected to speak rather than to stay silent.
synonyms:
choose, opt
similar words:
pitch, select, settle on, single
definition 4: to make a choice of.
Students must elect their major by the end of their freshman year.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to select something or someone.
similar words:
ballot, choose, pick, vote
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part of speech: adjective
definition: voted into office but yet to perform duties (usu. used in combination).
the president-elect
similar words:
designate
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a person or persons selected or chosen.
similar words:
elite
definition 2: a person or persons said to be favored by God or selected for eternal life (prec. by the).
those who are the elect
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