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election Line breaks: elec|tion
Pronunciation: /ɪˈlɛkʃ(ə)n/

Definition of election in English:


1A formal and organized choice by vote of a person for a political office or other position: the 2008 local council elections [mass noun]: he agreed to stand for election
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  • He won last year's election campaigning on values: border protection, national security, and social order.
  • With a federal election looming, a new organisation says they are tackling the heart of youth voter apathy.
  • The party has been unable to make substantial gains in rural seats in western Canada in recent elections.
1.1 [mass noun] The action of electing or the fact of being elected: his election to the House of Representatives
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  • That same year he gained election to a fellowship at St John's College, Cambridge.
  • Among the honours which Mansion received was election to the Royal Academy of Belgium.
  • Among his many foreign honours was election to the Académie des Sciences of Paris.


Middle English: via Old French from Latin electio(n-), from eligere 'pick out' (see elect).

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