Definition of elect in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈlekt/


[with object]
1Choose (someone) to hold public office or some other position by voting: the members who were elected to the committee [with object and infinitive]: they elected him leader
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  • We will also see that, by contrast, relatively few women are elected to public offices.
  • He was unanimously elected to the position at the first meeting of the new board.
  • Before the six months had gone by he was elected to the office of District Judge.
vote for, vote in, return, cast one's vote for;
choose, pick, select
1.1Opt for or choose to do something: freshman year you could elect Industrial Arts [no object]: more people elected to work at home
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  • While some may chose to spend that season lazing beside rivers and quaffing champagne, the more discerning amongst us elect for the greensward and the thrill of clattering wickets.
  • If you like a short sortie you can choose one, on the other hand if you like a brisk climb you may elect for the Masshill climb.
  • A qualifying farmer may elect for a dependent spouse to participate on the scheme.
choose, decide, opt, vote
1.2 Christian Theology (Of God) choose (someone) in preference to others for salvation.
Example sentences
  • God elects his people according to his foreknowledge of their choice of him.
  • Why did God elect only a portion of those who have lived?
  • For the God who elects to salvation is ‘not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance’.


(usually as plural noun the elect)
1(Of a person) chosen or singled out: one of the century’s elect
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  • Suddenly the student becomes convinced that he is among the elect, the wise, the few who are privy to a secret, dark but terrible truth.
  • As a conversionary movement, millennialism seeks to create an exclusionary circle of the elect who can read and share the signs of imminent and immanent history.
  • That leaves some folks, the elect, walking around with an OK rational function, and others, the damned, walking around without one.
the chosen, the elite, the favored;
the crème de la crème
1.1 [postpositivein combination] Elected to or chosen for a position but not yet in office: the president-elect
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  • Bradford's Liberal Democrat Lord Mayor elect, a member of the authority, said they wanted people to give information about suspected wrong doing.
  • The meeting also confirmed deputy town mayor Cllr Claire Wright as mayor elect for the next municipal year.
  • The special guest of honour for the evening was Patricia Metham, principal elect.
future, -to-be, designate, chosen, elected, coming, next, appointed
1.2 Christian Theology Chosen by God for salvation.
Example sentences
  • The complaint is that Calvin's God is a salvation Scrooge, reluctantly doling out redemption to an elect few rather than lavishing his grace on all of humanity.
  • Since He is the elect one, and the church is the elect people, we are joined to His body, we therefore are elect.
  • As Luther perceived, the Christian heart is fully aware that it continues in sin and in grace together, as a sinner and damned as such, and as a child of God already elect.


Late Middle English: from Latin elect- 'picked out', from the verb eligere, from e- (variant of ex-) 'out' + legere 'to pick'.

  • elegant from Late Middle English:

    These days, someone elegant will generally be well dressed, but the basic idea behind the word is of being discerning and making careful choices. It comes from Old French élégant or Latin elegans, from eligere ‘to choose or select’, which was the origin of elect (Late Middle English), eligible (Late Middle English), and elite (late 18th century).

Words that rhyme with elect

affect, bisect, bull-necked, collect, confect, connect, correct, defect, deflect, deject, detect, direct, effect, eject, erect, expect, infect, inflect, inject, inspect, interconnect, interject, intersect, misdirect, neglect, object, perfect, project, prospect, protect, reflect, reject, respect, resurrect, sect, select, subject, suspect, transect, unchecked, Utrecht

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Syllabification: e·lect

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