[ ih-rekt ]
/ ɪˈrɛkt /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to become erect; stand up or out.

Origin of erect

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin ērēctus raised up (past participle of ērigere), equivalent to ē- e-1 + reg- guide, direct (see royal) + -tus past participle suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for erect


/ (ɪˈrɛkt) /


verb (mainly tr)

Derived Forms

erectable, adjectiveerectly, adverberectness, noun

Word Origin for erect

C14: from Latin ērigere to set up, from regere to control, govern
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Medicine definitions for erect


[ ĭ-rĕkt ]


Being in or having a vertical, upright position.
Being in or having a stiff, rigid physiological condition.
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