verb (used with object)
to choose or select by vote, as for an office:
to elect a mayor.
to determine in favor of (a method, course of action, etc.).
to pick out; choose:
First-year students may elect French, Spanish, or German.
Theology. (of God) to select for divine mercy or favor, especially for salvation.
verb (used without object)
to choose or select someone or something, as by voting.
selected, as for an office, but not yet inducted (usually used in combination following a noun):
select or choice:
an elect circle of artists.
Theology. chosen by God, especially for eternal life.
noun, the elect
a person or the persons chosen or worthy to be chosen.
Theology. a person or persons chosen by God, especially for favor or salvation.
(transitive) to choose (someone) to be (a representative or a public official) by voting: they elected him Mayor
to select; choose: to elect to die rather than surrender
(transitive) (of God) to select or predestine for the grace of salvation
(immediately postpositive) voted into office but not yet installed: the president elect
early 15c., from Latin electus, past participle of eligere “to pick out, choose” (see election). Related: Elected; electing.
early 15c., from Latin electus, past participle of eligere (see election).
- Electing a pope
electronics, humour (From the smoke signals given out when the guys in funny hats choose a new Pope) Causing an integrated circuit or other electronic component to emit smoke by passing too much current through it. See magic smoke. (1995-08-18)
[ih-lek-shuh n] /ɪˈlɛk ʃən/ noun 1. the selection of a person or persons for office by vote. 2. a public vote upon a proposition submitted. 3. the act of . 4. Theology. the choice by God of individuals, as for a particular work or for favor or salvation. /ɪˈlɛkʃən/ noun 1. the selection by vote […]
noun 1. . noun, U.S. Politics. 1. a bipartisan board appointed usually by local authorities and charged with control of elections and voting procedure.
noun, New England Cookery. 1. a spicy fruitcake baked in loaves: formerly served on town meeting days after the voting.