Definition of erect adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪˈrekt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈrekt//
    Position and movement
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  1. 1(formal) in a vertical position synonym straight Stand with your arms by your side and your head erect. See related entries: Position and movement
  2. 2(of the penis or nipples) larger than usual, stiff and standing up because of sexual excitement
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin erect- ‘set up’, from the verb erigere, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out’ + regere ‘to direct’.Extra examples Janice was standing perfectly erect. Keep your trunk erect throughout the exercise. She held her head erect as she walked proudly up to the platform.
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