I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin electus, past participle of eligere to select, from e- + legere to choose — more at legend Date: 15th century 1. carefully selected ; chosen 2. chosen for salvation through divine mercy 3. a. chosen for office or position but not yet installed <
the president-elect
b. chosen for marriage at some future time <
the bride-elect
II. noun (plural elect) Date: 15th century 1. one chosen or set apart (as by divine favor) 2. plural a select or exclusive group of people III. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Latin electus Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to select by vote for an office, position, or membership <
elected her class president
2. to make a selection of <
will elect an academic program
3. to choose (as a course of action) especially by preference <
might elect to sell the business
intransitive verb to make a selection

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • elect — [ē lekt′, ilekt′] adj. [ME < L electus, pp. of eligere, to pick out, choose < e , out + legere, to pick, choose: see LOGIC] 1. chosen; given preference 2. elected but not yet installed in office: usually used in combination [the mayor… …   English World dictionary

  • Elect — E*lect , n. 1. One chosen or set apart. [1913 Webster] Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth. Is. xlii. 1. [1913 Webster] 2. pl. (Theol.) Those who are chosen for salvation. [1913 Webster] Shall not God avenge… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Elect — E*lect , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Elected}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Electing}.] 1. To pick out; to select; to choose. [1913 Webster] The deputy elected by the Lord. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To select or take for an office; to select by vote; as, to elect a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • elect — ► VERB 1) choose (someone) to hold public office or another position by voting. 2) opt for or choose to do something. ► ADJECTIVE 1) chosen or singled out. 2) elected to a position but not yet in office: the President Elect. DERIVATIVES electable …   English terms dictionary

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