Pronunciation: (i-lekt'), [key]
1. to choose or select by vote, as for an office: to elect a mayor.
2. to determine in favor of (a method, course of action, etc.).
3. to pick out; choose: First-year students may elect French, Spanish, or German.
4. Theol.(of God) to select for divine mercy or favor, esp. for salvation.
to choose or select someone or something, as by voting.
1. selected, as for an office, but not yet inducted (usually used in combination following a noun): the governor-elect.
2. select or choice: an elect circle of artists.
3. Theol.chosen by God, esp. for eternal life.
—n. the elect,
1. a person or the persons chosen or worthy to be chosen.
2. Theol.a person or persons chosen by God, esp. for favor or salvation.
4. electricity. Also,elec.
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