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From Latin electus, past participle of eligere ‎(to pick out, choose, elect), from e- ‎(out) + legere ‎(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).



elect ‎(plural elects or elect)

  1. One chosen or set apart.
  2. (uncountable, 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?



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. (used only after the noun) Who has been elected in a specified post, but has not yet entered office.
    He is the President-elect.
    • 1811, Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, chapter 16
      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.
    • Spenser
      colours quaint elect
    • Bible, 1 Timothy v. 21
      the elect angels


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