Definition of general election in English:

general election

noun

  • The election of representatives to a legislature (in the UK, to the House of Commons) from constituencies throughout the country.

    • ‘These people also have the right to vote in Irish general elections.’
    • ‘In the UK this is achieved, for example, by the right to vote in general elections to parliament, which must take place at least once in every five years.’
    • ‘It has superintended two general elections, two municipal elections and numerous by-elections.’
    • ‘Anyone who votes for this act should not deserve our votes in the general election.’
    • ‘In the past the Liberals had made breakthroughs at by-elections and in gaining a large number of votes in general elections.’
    • ‘Moreover, new members are now eligible to be nominated to run in general elections or party polls instead of having to wait for between two to five years.’
    • ‘A record number of people are expected to cast postal votes in the May general election.’
    • ‘Weeks of political campaigning comes to an end today as voters across the country go to the polls in the general election.’
    • ‘The ruling comes as record numbers of electors are applying for postal votes ahead of the general election.’
    • ‘This is his home town, and it will become part of his constituency at the next general election.’
    • ‘Some residents lost their identity documents which they will need to cast their votes in the upcoming general elections.’
    • ‘Presidential general elections and primary elections need not be an instantaneous public interest poll.’
    • ‘In each of the last two cycles, stability prevailed, with only six House incumbents losing general elections.’
    • ‘Now we are likely to be saddled with not only a presidential election, but a general election as well.’
    • ‘It was a first for pictures to be placed on the ballot papers in a general election.’
    • ‘It was agreed that the next presidential election would be a general election.’
    • ‘Following the April general elections, three election petitions were filed in the Supreme Court here.’
    • ‘The people who did not vote at the general election last year are not apathetic.’
    • ‘Up to 7 million people have applied for a postal vote for the coming general election.’
    • ‘This restored the initiative to the Liberals and enabled them to retain their working-class vote in two general elections in 1910.’
    ballot, poll, election, referendum, plebiscite, public vote, general election, local election, popular vote, straw poll, show of hands
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Pronunciation:

general election

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