Meaning of “election” in the English Dictionary

"election" in British English

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electionnoun [ C or U ]

uk /iˈlek.ʃən/ us /iˈlek.ʃən/

B1 a time when people vote in order to choose someone for a political or official job:

The government is expected to call an election (= allow the country to vote) very soon.
Local government elections will take place in May.
The first election results have started to come in.

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  • There was a fall in support for the Republican party at the last election.
  • I voted Labour in the last election.
  • The election for the leadership of the council will take place on Tuesday.
  • The recent free elections mark the next step in the country's progress towards democracy.
  • He has established himself as the leading candidate in the election.

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

"election" in American English

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electionnoun [ C/U ]

us /ɪˈlek·ʃən/

politics & government the act or occasion of being chosen for a particular job, esp. by voting:

[ U ] His election to the Senate was all but assured.
[ U ] Election Day is the first Tuesday in November.

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

"election" in Business English

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electionnoun

uk /ɪˈlekʃən/ us

[ C or U ] a time when people vote to choose someone for an official job:

have/hold an election By the time of the annual meeting we will be ready to hold elections for the new executive board.
lose/win an election
election as sth These are the nominees for election as director.
stand/run for election (to sth) She has decided that she will run for election to the Advisory Committee.

[ S ] the fact of being chosen for an official job by people voting for you:

election as sth She embarked on a series of sweeping changes to the company after her election as director.

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