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erect

verb [T] uk   /ɪˈrekt/ formal us  

erect verb [T] (BUILD)

to build a building, wall, or other structure: The war memorial was erected in 1950. The soldiers had erected barricades to protect themselves.

erect verb [T] (MAKE VERTICAL)

to raise something to a vertical position: They erected a marquee to accommodate 500 wedding guests.

erect

adjective uk   /ɪˈrekt/ us  
standing with your back and neck very straight: He's very tall and erect for his 78 years. When a part of the body, especially soft tissue, is erect, it is harder and bigger than usual, often pointing out or up: an erect penis erect nipples
Translations of “erect”
in Korean 똑바로 선…
in Arabic يَنْتَصِب, يُشَيَّد…
in French droit…
in Turkish dik, dimdik…
in Italian erigere…
in Chinese (Traditional) 建造, 建立…
in Russian прямой…
in Polish wyprostowany…
in Spanish erecto, erguido…
in Portuguese erigir, construir, erguer…
in German aufrecht…
in Catalan erigir…
in Japanese ~を立(建)てる, ~が立(建)つ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 建造, 建立…
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