- The definition of elect is chosen, but not necessarily acting in the position yet.
An example of elect used as an adjective is in the phrase "president-elect," which means the person chosen for president before he officially takes office.
- An elect is defined as a person who is chosen.
An example of an elect is a senator.
- Elect means to choose, especially to vote for a person for office.
An example of elect is to cast a vote in the student council election.
- chosen; given preference
- elected but not yet installed in office: usually used in comb.: the mayor-elect
- Theol. chosen by God for salvation and eternal life
Origin of electMiddle English from Classical Latin electus, past participle of eligere, to pick out, choose from e-, out + legere, to pick, choose: see logic
- to select for some office by voting
- to choose; select: we elected to stay
- Theol. to choose for eternal salvation: only in the passive, with God as the implied subject
- persons belonging to a specially privileged group
- Theol. those chosen by God for salvation and eternal life
transitive verbe·lect·ed, e·lect·ing, e·lects
- To select by vote for an office or for membership: elected her club president.
- To pick out; select: elect an art course.
- To decide, especially by preference: elected to take the summer off.
- To select by divine will for salvation. Used of God.
- Chosen deliberately; singled out: an elect group of advisers.
- a. Elected but not yet installed. Often used in combination: the governor-elect.b. Chosen for marriage. Often used in combination: the bride-elect.
- Selected by divine will for salvation.
- One that is chosen or selected.
- One selected by divine will for salvation.
- used with a pl. verb An exclusive group of people. Used with the: one of the elect who have power inside the government.
Origin of electMiddle English electen from Latin ēligere ēlēct- to select ē-, ex- ex- legere to choose ; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
(plural elects or elect)
(third-person singular simple present elects, present participle electing, simple past and past participle elected)
- (used only after the noun) Who has been elected in a specified post, but has not yet entered office.
- He is the President-elect.
- Chosen; taken by preference from among two or more.
- Used after a title to indicate the person who has been elected to hold the title before officially taking the position.