Definition of elect in English:



  • 1with object Choose (someone) to hold public office or some other position by voting.

    ‘he was elected as councillor’
    ‘the members who were elected to the committee’
    with object and complement ‘they elected him leader’
    • ‘I presented all the names that were elected to Cabinet office, that is where the delay is.’
    • ‘Voters knew what they were voting for when they elected me for a second time in 1999.’
    • ‘Under Labour the first Muslims were elected to the House of Commons and appointed to the Lords.’
    • ‘He was unanimously elected to the position at the first meeting of the new board.’
    • ‘If there is any reason why he should not hold a public office it should have been raised when he was first elected to the council.’
    • ‘Chambers of commerce, business, school, and professional organisations are electing their leaders all over the country.’
    • ‘It is not unheard of that someone in his position could be elected as leader.’
    • ‘Leong yesterday secured a majority of votes to be elected as the company's new chairman.’
    • ‘Athletes may ask themselves why people like this are still being elected to these positions.’
    • ‘After returning to Nigeria he was elected to the Northern Region House of Assembly.’
    • ‘He has asked to vote positively to elect members who would guide the destiny of the nation for the next five years.’
    • ‘Before the six months had gone by he was elected to the office of District Judge.’
    • ‘It is only recently that we have begun to see men and women freely elected to public office.’
    • ‘The president is elected to a four-year term by popular vote and may not be re-elected.’
    • ‘Mr Coles was elected to the position at the annual general meeting in July just gone.’
    • ‘We will also see that, by contrast, relatively few women are elected to public offices.’
    • ‘What an MP got up to once he or she was elected to office was a different matter, however.’
    • ‘Let us not forget that Susilo was elected to office with an overwhelming mandate.’
    • ‘The lesson appears to be that crime does pay, especially if you can get elected to public office.’
    • ‘Students from classes four to 10 cast their votes to elect their student leaders.’
    vote, vote for, vote in, choose, choose by ballot, cast one's vote for
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    1. 1.1Christian Theology (of God) choose (someone) in preference to others for salvation.
      • ‘Yet, the Bible gives us many reasons why God elects people to salvation.’
      • ‘God elects his people according to his foreknowledge of their choice of him.’
      • ‘Why did God elect only a portion of those who have lived?’
      • ‘For the God who elects to salvation is ‘not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance’.’
      • ‘This decision took place before we existed; the decision to elect us happened before the creation of the world.’
  • 2with infinitive Opt for or choose to do something.

    ‘more people elected to work at home’
    • ‘That clause allows creditors the choice to elect for this legislation to apply to contracts that existed prior to this law coming into force.’
    • ‘On the other hand, if you elect for the more expensive hardware option, much less CPU power is needed and often both the picture and sound quality are greatly improved.’
    • ‘If he chooses neither of the above options and elects to run a full campaign through November, he will only do his values harm.’
    • ‘This issue underlies objections to legal limitations on a woman's right to elect for abortion.’
    • ‘A full-time farmer may elect for income averaging only if he was charged to tax on his farming profits for the two immediately preceding tax years.’
    • ‘In that discussion, I also explained that if they desired they could elect for non-contestable scrummages.’
    • ‘Which means that by clicking ‘next’ when confronted with the first four unchecked boxes, the user unwittingly elects to receive sports, entertainment, music and new service announcements.’
    • ‘For our purposes, the thing to notice is that a patient's competence to choose between standard therapies, whether or not he or she elects to use these facilities, depends upon more than choosing that which is the most reasonable.’
    • ‘If you like a short sortie you can choose one, on the other hand if you like a brisk climb you may elect for the Masshill climb.’
    • ‘If he elects to be chosen for the Kiwis, then he obviously forgoes any opportunity to represent NSW in State of Origin.’
    • ‘Plan ahead if you elect to choose to make a handgun part of your personal defense plans.’
    • ‘The funny thing is that even if you do elect for lower coverage, you wind up not saving that much money.’
    • ‘Some experts claim it's better to elect for a controlled cut, while others say tearing is preferable as the healing time's quicker.’
    • ‘A competent patient, properly advised by a doctor, may elect to choose a form of treatment which is not the one that the doctor would recommend.’
    • ‘A qualifying farmer may elect for a dependent spouse to participate on the scheme.’
    • ‘In the same way, man must also elect Christ to stand as his representative before God and to atone for his sin.’
    • ‘McGow is proud of the fact that so many parents stay with the centre, choosing when to elect to have support.’
    • ‘While some may chose to spend that season lazing beside rivers and quaffing champagne, the more discerning amongst us elect for the greensward and the thrill of clattering wickets.’
    • ‘The University of Massachusetts elects to keep its Minuteman mascot despite citing ‘gender, firearms and ethnicity issues’ as reasons to abandon it.’
    • ‘Opening pre-season fixtures usually provide more questions than answers - especially when the manager elects to play a team largely made up of youngsters, trialists and squad players.’


usually as plural noun the elect
  • 1(of a person) chosen or singled out.

    ‘one of the century's elect’
    • ‘Why should one of the elect be bothered about table manners, if cognitive ability, without virtue or civility, is the alpha and omega of human excellence?’
    • ‘Behind the social arguments lay an unmistakable malodor of claims to a moral elect.’
    • ‘Here's a follow-up question I wish one of the elect would ask the designated White House leakers.’
    • ‘Monica's scar is her badge of entry to the ranks of the elect.’
    • ‘Anything is rumoured, as if the fate of billions can be decided by an elect anointing global trade policies like once they might have approved medieval kings in Eastern Europe.’
    • ‘Why do I feel like the objective of this is to give people something on which they can waste their energy and attention while the elect is deciding on important things?’
    • ‘They thought they had the key to the one true way and thus the religious elect should clearly be the ones who ran the governments.’
    • ‘Oftentimes you'll have a tiny handful of journalists there too - but only ones from the highest echelon of the elect.’
    • ‘There was also a log cabin for dining, and on that late-September night, over a dinner of Mongolian noodles with beef, we met our fellow elect.’
    • ‘It's an almost religious process of divine selection - the elect and the damned.’
    • ‘Suddenly the student becomes convinced that he is among the elect, the wise, the few who are privy to a secret, dark but terrible truth.’
    • ‘Today, he would be called ‘born again’; a spiritual awakening convinced him he was one of the elect, placed on earth as an instrument of God's will.’
    • ‘As a conversionary movement, millennialism seeks to create an exclusionary circle of the elect who can read and share the signs of imminent and immanent history.’
    • ‘From God's perspective Christ died and his atonement is practically effective for the elect who come to know him through the cross.’
    • ‘If you prefer black and white to all other colour combinations, except black and black, we welcome you to the elect.’
    • ‘I have no bone to pick with the counties who were of the elect but have not reached Canaan.’
    • ‘Those who do not believe in a God become separated from the elect to be defended by the Crown.’
    • ‘These enemies are not just the rich Arab monarchies of the Gulf, or Israel, or the US, but the whole world outside the charmed circle of the elect.’
    • ‘That leaves some folks, the elect, walking around with an OK rational function, and others, the damned, walking around without one.’
    • ‘Yes, I have a lot of Calvinism in my family, as recently as my grandfather, who was a member of the Plymouth Brethren and certainly believed he was a member of the elect.’
    the chosen, the elite, the select, the favoured
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    1. 1.1Christian Theology Chosen by God for salvation.
      ‘success was a sign that they were one of the elect’
      ‘the elect group of saints which was predestined for heaven’
      • ‘Since He is the elect one, and the church is the elect people, we are joined to His body, we therefore are elect.’
      • ‘Some people feel that because they are elect, they don't need to serve, love, and glorify God.’
      • ‘The complaint is that Calvin's God is a salvation Scrooge, reluctantly doling out redemption to an elect few rather than lavishing his grace on all of humanity.’
      • ‘In 1 Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul, writing by Divine inspiration tells us that he knew these men and women in the Church there were elect, chosen of God.’
      • ‘As Luther perceived, the Christian heart is fully aware that it continues in sin and in grace together, as a sinner and damned as such, and as a child of God already elect.’
    2. 1.2postpositive Chosen for a position but not yet in office.
      ‘the President-Elect’
      • ‘Bradford's Liberal Democrat Lord Mayor elect, a member of the authority, said they wanted people to give information about suspected wrong doing.’
      • ‘When Russell moved up the ladder, his colleague was promoted one rung higher and was already being seen as the chief executive elect.’
      • ‘The provincial chairperson has been nominated as premier elect of the province.’
      • ‘Glasgow Hawks are the champions elect of Scottish club rugby following a hard fought but ultimately convincing victory over a feisty Biggar.’
      • ‘Mark is chairman elect of the Scottish Institute of Practitioners in Advertising.’
      • ‘The mayor elect has been approached by regular stall holders at the Wednesday and Saturday markets expressing concern that the markets would have to be moved from the High Street.’
      • ‘In Scarborough, the Mayor elect, who was due to take office, was defeated.’
      • ‘The Scottish Cup winners - elect are, without doubt, the finest team in Scotland.’
      • ‘When the Archbishop elect made his formal entrance to York Minster later in the day, his first act was to kneel in silent prayer with head bowed for more than 10 minutes.’
      • ‘The Archbishop of Canterbury elect becomes a Druid and is indignant at those who think he may be flirting with paganism.’
      • ‘The Deputy mayor elect of Marlborough has called for action to prevent a local drunkard frightening people, including women and children.’
      • ‘History repeated itself when, for the second successive year, the borough's mayor elect was ousted.’
      • ‘McHugh-Liam Russell, VP-education elect, was unavailable for comment, having mysteriously disappeared.’
      • ‘The chairman elect, who was due to take over this year, has resigned as a director of the oil and gas explorer.’
      • ‘The Liberal Democrat casualties included their Mayor elect.’
      • ‘On the other hand we have the announcement that he will offer up new hope to the Scottish economy as the chief executive elect of Scottish Enterprise.’
      • ‘The prime minister elect used his first full media interview since last night to affirm that he intended to follow through on what had become a key election promise.’
      • ‘The special guest of honour for the evening was Patricia Metham, principal elect.’
      • ‘Democrats are already threatening to sue the government if they squeeze in a two-year term for the new Chief Executive elect.’
      • ‘The meeting also confirmed deputy town mayor Cllr Claire Wright as mayor elect for the next municipal year.’
      future, -to-be, soon-to-be, designate, chosen, elected, coming, next, appointed, presumptive
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Late Middle English: from Latin elect- ‘picked out’, from the verb eligere, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out’ + legere ‘to pick’.