Meaning of “elect” in the English Dictionary

"elect" in British English

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electverb [ T ]

uk /iˈlekt/ us /iˈlekt/

B2 to decide on or choose, especially to choose a person for a particular job, by voting:

The President is elected for a four-year term of office.
[ + as + noun ] We elected him as our representative.
[ + noun ] She was elected Chair of the Board of Governors.
elect to do sth formal

to choose to do a particular thing:

She elected to take early retirement instead of moving to the new location.

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electable
adjective uk /iˈlek.tə.bəl/ us /iˈlek.tə.bəl/

Clinton's youthful image made him an extremely electable candidate.

electnoun [ plural ]

uk /iˈlekt/ us /iˈlekt/

electadj [ after noun ]

/iˈlekt/ /iˈlekt/

(Definition of “elect” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"elect" in American English

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electverb

us /ɪˈlekt/

to decide on or choose, esp. to choose a person for a particular job by voting:

[ T ] We elect representatives every two years.
[ T ] She was elected to the board of directors.
[ + to infinitive ] He was invited to join them at the concert, but he elected to stay home and watch the ballgame.

(of a person) who has won a vote but not yet taken office:

the president-elect

(Definition of “elect” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"-elect" in Business English

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used after the title of an official job to refer to someone who has been chosen by vote to do that job, but who has not yet started doing it:

Mr Theroux is chairman-elect of the Promotion Marketing Association.

electverb [ T ]

uk /ɪˈlekt/ us

to choose a person to do a particular job by voting:

elect sb as sth He was elected unanimously as Chairman.
elect sb to sth In 2006, she was elected to the board of directors before taking over as president in 2009.
elect sb sth He was elected executive vice president and chief financial officer.
a democratically/newly/recently elected official
elect to do sth

formal to choose to do a particular thing:

The building society elected to become a stock market company in 2008.

(Definition of “-elect” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)