Definition of erect verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    erect

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ɪˈrɛkt//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they erect
     
    he / she / it erects
     
    past simple erected
     
    -ing form erecting
     
     
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  1. 1erect something to build something The church was erected in 1582. Thesaurusbuildconstruct assemble put something together erect put something up establishThese words all mean to make or create something, especially by putting different parts together.build to make something, especially a building, by putting parts together:a house built of stone They're going to build a museum on the site of the old power plant.construct [often passive] (somewhat formal) to build something such as a road, building, or machineassemble (somewhat formal) to fit together all the separate parts of something, such as a piece of furniture or a machine:The cupboard is easy to assemble.put something together to make or prepare something by fitting or collecting parts together:to put together a model planeerect (formal) to build something; to put something in position and make it stand upright:Police had to erect barriers to keep crowds back.put something up to build something or place something somewhere:I put up a fence so that my dog would have somewhere to exercise.establish to create an organization or place that is meant to last for a long time:President Roosevelt established the first national park at Yellowstone.Patterns to build/construct/erect/put up a house/wall to build/construct/erect/put up some shelves to build/construct/erect/put up a barrier/fence/shelter to build/assemble a(n) engine/machine to build/construct a road/railway/railroad/tunnel to erect/put up a tent/statue/monument/memorial
  2. 2 erect something to put something in position and make it stand vertical synonym put Police had to erect barriers to keep crowds back. to erect a tent Thesaurusbuildconstruct assemble put something together erect put something up establishThese words all mean to make or create something, especially by putting different parts together.build to make something, especially a building, by putting parts together:a house built of stone They're going to build a museum on the site of the old power plant.construct [often passive] (somewhat formal) to build something such as a road, building, or machineassemble (somewhat formal) to fit together all the separate parts of something, such as a piece of furniture or a machine:The cupboard is easy to assemble.put something together to make or prepare something by fitting or collecting parts together:to put together a model planeerect (formal) to build something; to put something in position and make it stand upright:Police had to erect barriers to keep crowds back.put something up to build something or place something somewhere:I put up a fence so that my dog would have somewhere to exercise.establish to create an organization or place that is meant to last for a long time:President Roosevelt established the first national park at Yellowstone.Patterns to build/construct/erect/put up a house/wall to build/construct/erect/put up some shelves to build/construct/erect/put up a barrier/fence/shelter to build/assemble a(n) engine/machine to build/construct a road/railway/railroad/tunnel to erect/put up a tent/statue/monument/memorial
  3. 3erect something to create or establish something to erect trade barriers
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