Definition of election in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈlɛkʃ(ə)n/


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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  • The far left has failed to fully build on its vote in the presidential elections.
  • What you vote for in elections is not more freedom and more democracy but more politicians.
  • Two thirds of the electorate in Hackney did not vote in the council elections this year.
ballot, vote, poll, referendum, plebiscite, general election, local election, popular vote, straw vote/poll, show of hands
voting (in), choosing, picking, selection, choice, appointment
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).

Words that rhyme with election

abjection, affection, circumspection, collection, complexion, confection, connection, convection, correction, defection, deflection, dejection, detection, direction, ejection, genuflection, imperfection, infection, inflection, injection, inspection, insurrection, interconnection, interjection, intersection, introspection, lection, misdirection, objection, perfection, predilection, projection, protection, refection, reflection, rejection, resurrection, retrospection, section, selection, subjection, transection, vivisection

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