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elect

verb [T] uk   /ɪˈlekt/ us  
B2 to decide on or choose, especially to choose a person for a particular job, by voting: The government is elected for a five-year term of office. [+ as + noun] We elected him as our representative. [+ noun] She was elected Chair of the Board of Governors. [+ to infinitive] The group elected one of its members to be their spokesperson.ElectionsTaking and choosingDecisions and deciding 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.Taking and choosingDecisions and deciding
electable
adjective uk   /ɪˈlek.tə.bl̩/ us  
Clinton's youthful image made him an extremely electable candidate.Elections

elect

noun [plural] uk   /ɪˈlekt/ us  
the elect formal in the Bible, people who are chosen by GodThe Bible - people, events and places humorous any group of people who have been specially chosen for their particular qualitiesPosition and status in groups and organizationsGroups of people

elect

adj [after noun] /-ɪ.lekt/
president elect, prime minister elect, etc. the person who has been voted to be president, prime minister, etc. but has not yet started work: The president elect has been preparing to take office in January. ElectionsRecruiting staff, applying for and accepting jobs
(Definition of elect verb, noun, adj from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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