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

     

    erect

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    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪˈrekt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈrekt//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they erect
    BrE BrE//ɪˈrekt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈrekt//
     
    he / she / it erects
    BrE BrE//ɪˈrekts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈrekts//
     
    past simple erected
    BrE BrE//ɪˈrektɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈrektɪd//
     
    past participle erected
    BrE BrE//ɪˈrektɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈrektɪd//
     
    -ing form erecting
    BrE BrE//ɪˈrektɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈrektɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1erect something to build something The church was erected in 1582. Synonymsbuildconstruct assemble erect put something upThese words all mean to make 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 on the site of the old power station.construct [often passive] (rather formal) to build something such as a road, building or machineassemble (rather 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.erect (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:They’re putting up new hotels in order to boost tourism in the area.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/​construct/​assemble a(n) engine/​machine to build/​construct a road/​railway/​railroad/​tunnel to erect/​put up a tent/​statue/​monument See related entries: Construction
  2. 2erect something to put something in position and make it stand vertical synonym put up Police had to erect barriers to keep crowds back. to erect a tent Synonymsbuildconstruct assemble erect put something upThese words all mean to make 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 on the site of the old power station.construct [often passive] (rather formal) to build something such as a road, building or machineassemble (rather 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.erect (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:They’re putting up new hotels in order to boost tourism in the area.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/​construct/​assemble a(n) engine/​machine to build/​construct a road/​railway/​railroad/​tunnel to erect/​put up a tent/​statue/​monument
  3. 3erect something to create or establish something to erect trade barriers
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin erect- ‘set up’, from the verb erigere, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out’ + regere ‘to direct’.Extra examples A large monument was erected on the battlefield. An electric fence was erected around the campus. The event will take place in a specially erected marquee. the newly erected station buildings
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