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erect

e·rect

erect

 
pronunciation:
ih rekt
parts of speech:
adjective, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: upright in posture or position.
The teacher told the students to sit erect in their seats.
 
synonyms:
up, upright
antonyms:
recumbent, slumping
similar words:
stand-up, standing, straight
definition 2: rigidly directed upward or outward; not limp.
The dog held his ears erect at the sound.
synonyms:
up
antonyms:
floppy, limp
similar words:
rigid, stiff
definition 3: not spreading or inclined; vertical.
Most trees grow erect even if the ground slopes.
synonyms:
upright, vertical
antonyms:
flat, horizontal, recumbent
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: erected, erecting, erects
definition 1: to establish and construct; build.
They are erecting a house on that lot now.She's erected a new theoretical model.
synonyms:
build, raise, rear, uprear
antonyms:
demolish, dismantle, tear down
similar words:
construct, fabricate
definition 2: to raise into a vertical or upright position.
The columns that had fallen were being erected.
synonyms:
raise, rear, stand
similar words:
lift, right, rise, upraise, uprear, upright
definition 3: in geometry, to draw (a figure) upon a defined line or other base.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to assume an upright, vertical, or outwardly directed position.
synonyms:
stand
similar words:
right, rise
derivations: erectable (adj.), erectly (adv.), erectness (n.)
Word Parts
The word erect contains the following part:
reg, rect, rig1 Latin root that means king, rule, guide; straight