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Definition of elect verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    elect

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪˈlekt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlekt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they elect
    BrE BrE//ɪˈlekt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlekt//
     
    he / she / it elects
    BrE BrE//ɪˈlekts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlekts//
     
    past simple elected
    BrE BrE//ɪˈlektɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlektɪd//
     
    past participle elected
    BrE BrE//ɪˈlektɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlektɪd//
     
    -ing form electing
    BrE BrE//ɪˈlektɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlektɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  to choose somebody to do a particular job by voting for them elect somebody/something an elected assembly/leader/representative the newly elected government elect somebody to something She became the first black woman to be elected to the Senate. elect somebody (as) something | elect somebody + noun He was elected (as) MP for Oxford East. CollocationsVoting in electionsRunning for election conduct/​hold an election/​a referendum (especially North American English) run for office/​election/​governor/​mayor/​president/​the White House (especially British English) stand for election/​office/​Parliament/​the Labour Party/​a second term hold/​call/​contest a general/​national election launch/​run a presidential election campaign support/​back a candidate sway/​convince/​persuade voters/​the electorate appeal to/​attract/​woo/​target (North American English) swing voters/(British English) floating voters fix/​rig/​steal an election/​the voteVoting go to/​be turned away from (especially British English) a polling station/(North American English) a polling place cast a/​your vote/​ballot (for somebody) vote for the Conservative candidate/​the Democratic party mark/​spoil your ballot paper count (British English) the postal votes/(especially North American English) the absentee ballots go to/​be defeated at the ballot box get/​win/​receive/​lose votes get/​win (60% of) the popular/​black/​Hispanic/​Latino/​Muslim vote win the election/(in the US) the primaries/​a seat in Parliament/​a majority/​power lose an election/​the vote/​your majority/​your seat win/​come to power in a landslide (victory) (= with many more votes than any other party) elect/​re-elect somebody (as) mayor/​president/​an MP/​senator/​congressman/​congresswomanTaking power be sworn into office/​in as president take/​administer (in the US) the oath of office swear/​take (in the UK) an/​the oath of allegiance give/​deliver (in the US) the president’s inaugural address take/​enter/​hold/​leave office appoint somebody (as) ambassador/​governor/​judge/​minister form a government/​a cabinet serve two terms as prime minister/​in office
  2. 2elect to do something (formal) to choose to do something Increasing numbers of people elect to work from home nowadays.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin elect- ‘picked out’, from the verb eligere, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out’ + legere ‘to pick’.Extra examples Five were successful, three being elected unopposed. He was elected to Parliament in 1997. It was decided that the president should be elected directly in free elections. Members of the council are elected annually. She has been elected to Parliament. She was the first black woman elected to Congress. What changes will he make if he gets elected? the newly elected chairman Several of the tenants have elected to move to smaller premises. Shareholders were offered the opportunity to elect for cash in return for their holding. an elected assembly/​leader/​representative
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