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elect

[ih-lekt]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to choose or select by vote, as for an office: to elect a mayor.
  2. to determine in favor of (a method, course of action, etc.).
  3. to pick out; choose: First-year students may elect French, Spanish, or German.
  4. Theology. (of God) to select for divine mercy or favor, especially for salvation.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to choose or select someone or something, as by voting.
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adjective
  1. selected, as for an office, but not yet inducted (usually used in combination following a noun): the governor-elect.
  2. select or choice: an elect circle of artists.
  3. Theology. chosen by God, especially for eternal life.
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noun the elect,
  1. a person or the persons chosen or worthy to be chosen.
  2. Theology. a person or persons chosen by God, especially for favor or salvation.
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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)

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3. See choose.
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Examples from the Web for pre-elect

Historical Examples

  • You probably wish to be looked on as a chosen saint, a pre-elect of Heaven, and to be worshipped by the fanatical mob.

    The Devil's Elixir

    E. T. A. Hoffmann


British Dictionary definitions for pre-elect

elect

verb
  1. (tr) to choose (someone) to be (a representative or a public official) by votingthey elected him Mayor
  2. to select; chooseto elect to die rather than surrender
  3. (tr) (of God) to select or predestine for the grace of salvation
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adjective
  1. (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
  2. Christianity
    1. selected or predestined by God to receive salvation; chosen
    2. (as collective noun; preceded by the)the elect
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Derived Formselectable, adjectiveelectability, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin ēligere to select, from legere to choose
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Word Origin and History for pre-elect

v.

1560s, from pre- + elect (v.). Related: Pre-elected; pre-electing.

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elect

v.

early 15c., from Latin electus, past participle of eligere "to pick out, choose" (see election). Related: Elected; electing.

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elect

adj.

early 15c., from Latin electus, past participle of eligere (see election).

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