Definition of election in English:

election

noun

  • 1A formal and organized choice by vote of a person for a political office or other position.

    ‘the 2008 local council elections’
    ‘the 1860 presidential election’
    • ‘What you vote for in elections is not more freedom and more democracy but more politicians.’
    • ‘A solution has to be found to increase the numbers of people voting at elections at all levels.’
    • ‘One measure of the outcome is the declining number of people who vote in elections.’
    • ‘After staging a vigorous media campaign, the opposition coalition wins the parliamentary elections.’
    • ‘The far left has failed to fully build on its vote in the presidential elections.’
    • ‘In the recent mayoral election in London, there was a small turnout of voters.’
    • ‘When the party won a landslide election in 1984, the country was ready for reform.’
    • ‘Its task was to frighten people at elections so that they voted for the Fascists.’
    • ‘The police chief is trying to keep his nose clean for the upcoming elections.’
    • ‘This year's presidential election looks to be even tighter; that should give rural voters the deciding voice in who wins.’
    • ‘Two thirds of the electorate in Hackney did not vote in the council elections this year.’
    • ‘They will be needed if anti-fascists are to dent the Nazi vote in the June elections.’
    • ‘Later on, there is an emphatic call for people to vote in the scheduled elections.’
    • ‘With a federal election looming, a new organisation says they are tackling the heart of youth voter apathy.’
    • ‘They have taken out a group of people who are no longer in a position to disrupt the elections.’
    • ‘The hope is that people will then feel secure enough to vote in the forthcoming elections.’
    • ‘We are prepared to have one person, one vote elections and to give up our absolute power.’
    • ‘The party has been unable to make substantial gains in rural seats in western Canada in recent elections.’
    • ‘Ballot boxes will be left to gather dust in the June elections, as every vote will be cast by post.’
    • ‘He won last year's election campaigning on values: border protection, national security, and social order.’
    ballot, vote, poll, referendum, plebiscite, general election, local election, popular vote, straw poll, straw vote, show of hands
    voting, voting in, choosing, picking, selection, choice, appointment
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    1. 1.1mass noun The action of electing or the fact of being elected.
      ‘his election to the House of Representatives’
      ‘she agreed to stand for election’
      • ‘Among the honours which Mansion received was election to the Royal Academy of Belgium.’
      • ‘He continued as a paid consultant to the company long after his election to the Dail in 1997.’
      • ‘We mention now just a few of the topics he studied after his election to the Academy.’
      • ‘The fact that he was an unprincipled liar whose election was bought with Mafia help counted for nothing.’
      • ‘Eligibility to stand for election to the Council is determined by the Council of Guardians.’
      • ‘She is the first member of a party other than the Labour Party to win election to the postal executive.’
      • ‘Much has been made of Martin's election to a post which is not normally decided along partly lines.’
      • ‘This and his election to a praetorship for 62 established him as a man of power and importance.’
      • ‘County councillors are members of the public who stand for election to serve the people of Essex.’
      • ‘Two are now seeking election to the board in what can only be a reflection of continuing unrest.’
      • ‘He said he was excited about the prospect of standing for election to the House of Commons.’
      • ‘His memoir won the prize which in turn was the main reason for his election to the Academy.’
      • ‘Congratulations to Peterhead and Elgin City on their election to the Scottish League.’
      • ‘All clergy who hoped for election to a benefice in the new constitutional Church had to take it.’
      • ‘That same year he gained election to a fellowship at St John's College, Cambridge.’
      • ‘Among his many foreign honours was election to the Académie des Sciences of Paris.’
      • ‘His housemate was Campaigns Officer when I first stood for election to the council.’
      • ‘In fact, more to the point, why stand for election to something you only want to destroy?’
      • ‘From this platform he launched his campaign for election to the Lower House in 1958.’

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin electio(n-), from eligere ‘pick out’ (see elect).

Pronunciation

election

/ɪˈlɛkʃ(ə)n/