Nearby words

  1. eleanor of provence,
  2. eleanora,
  3. eleatic,
  4. eleazar,
  5. elecampane,
  6. elect.,
  7. electable,
  8. elected,
  9. election,
  10. election cake

Origin of elect

1250–1300; Middle English < Latin ēlēctus chosen (past participle of ēligere), equivalent to ē- e-1 + leg- choose + -tus past participle suffix; see elite

Related formse·lec·tee [ih-lek-tee] /ɪ lɛkˈti/, nounnon·e·lect, nounpre·e·lect, verb (used with object)re·e·lect, verb (used with object)

Synonym study

3. See choose.

elect.

or elec

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British Dictionary definitions for elect

elect

/ (ɪˈlɛkt) /

verb

(tr) to choose (someone) to be (a representative or a public official) by votingthey elected him Mayor
to select; chooseto elect to die rather than surrender
(tr) (of God) to select or predestine for the grace of salvation

adjective

(immediately postpositive) voted into office but not yet installedthe president elect
  1. chosen or choice; selected or elite
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the)the elect
Christianity
  1. selected or predestined by God to receive salvation; chosen
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the)the elect
Derived Formselectable, adjectiveelectability, noun

Word Origin for elect

C15: from Latin ēligere to select, from legere to choose

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