chosen by vote, as for an office (contrasted with appointed): an elected official.


Origin of elected

First recorded in 1550–60; elect + -ed2
Related formsself-e·lect·ed, adjectiveun·e·lect·ed, adjective



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): the governor-elect.
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.

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.
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Contemporary Examples of elected

Historical Examples of elected

  • Mr. Bradburn was in 1839 elected to the City Council from the Third ward.

  • In 1841, he was elected a member and made chairman of the Board of School Managers.

  • In 1865, Mr. Chapin was elected Mayor of the city of Cleveland.

  • In 1844, he was elected to the State Senate from the Franklin district.

  • The elected physicians are not allowed to receive any payment whatever from their patients.


    Theodor Hertzka

British Dictionary definitions for elected



(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


(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
  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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Word Origin and History for elected



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).

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