See also: -elect



Borrowed from Latin ēlēctus, past participle of ēligō (to pick out, choose, elect), from ē- (out) + legō (to pick out, pick, gather, collect, etc.); see legend.

Cognate to eclectic, which is via Ancient Greek rather than Latin, hence prefix ἐκ (ek), rather than e- (from ex).


  • IPA(key): /ɪˈlɛkt/, /iːˈlɛkt/
  • Hyphenation: elect
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  • Rhymes: -ɛkt


elect (plural elects or elect)

  1. One chosen or set apart.
  2. (theology) In Calvinist theology, one foreordained to Heaven. In other Christian theologies, someone chosen by God for salvation.
    • Bible, Isaiah xlii. 1
      Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth.
    • Bible, Luke xviii. 7
      Shall not God avenge his won elect?


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elect (third-person singular simple present elects, present participle electing, simple past and past participle elected)

  1. (transitive) To choose or make a decision (to do something)
  2. (transitive) To choose (a candidate) in an election

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elect (not comparable)

  1. (postpositive) Who has been elected in a specified post, but has not yet entered office.
    He is the President elect.
    • 1811, Jane Austen, chapter 16, in Sense and Sensibility:
      She began almost to feel a dislike of Edward; and it ended, as every feeling must end with her, by carrying back her thoughts to Willoughby, whose manners formed a contrast sufficiently striking to those of his brother elect.
  2. Chosen; taken by preference from among two or more.
    • (Can we date this quote by Spenser and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      colours quaint elect
    • Bible, 1 Timothy v. 21
      the elect angels


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