Share this entry

Share this page


Line breaks: elect
Pronunciation: /ɪˈlɛkt

Definition of elect in English:


1 [with object] Choose (someone) to hold public office or some other position by voting: he was elected as councillor the members who were elected to the committee [with object and complement]: they elected him leader
More example sentences
  • 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.
1.1 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’.
2 [with infinitive] Opt for or choose to do something: more people elected to work at home
More example sentences
  • 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.


(usually as plural noun the elect) Back to top  
1(Of a person) chosen or singled out: one of the century’s elect
More example sentences
  • 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 select, the favoured;
the crème de la crème, A-list
1.1 Christian Theology Chosen by God for salvation: success was a sign that they were one of the elect the elect group of saints which was predestined for heaven
More 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.
1.2 [postpositive] Chosen for a position but not yet in office: the President-Elect
More example sentences
  • 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, soon-to-be, designate, chosen, elected, coming, next, appointed, presumptive


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



Example sentences
  • Should they place their emphasis on ideology, character, electability or consistency?
  • Her carpet-bagging defeat of an unready, ill-prepared opponent may have proved her electability, but it was a risk-free run in one of the most left-liberal states in the country.
  • My second point is that to regain Federal electability, the Democrats are going to have to do what the Australian Labor Party and the British Labour Party have already done - marginalize the far-Left.


Example sentences
  • As a newspaper political editor, Campbell was an early cheerleader for The Project, and once recruited to the cause he did more than most to make the party electable - and keep it so, often ruthlessly.
  • He's a throwback old-school liberal who has had to change his positions (flip-flop, if you will) in order to be electable.
  • Ms Connellan paid tribute to the forum and said it was one of the strongest in the country and urged delegates to put forward good electable candidates for council elections and to support them in every way.

Definition of elect in:

Share this entry

Share this page


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day peart
Pronunciation: pɪət
lively; cheerful