Definition of “erect” - English Dictionary

“erect” in English

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erectverb [ T ]

uk /ɪˈrekt/ us /ɪˈrekt/ formal


uk /ɪˈrekt/ us /ɪˈrekt/

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

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

“erect” in American English

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erectverb [ T ]

us /ɪˈrekt/

erect verb [ T ] (BUILD)

to build a building or other structure:

They decided to erect a bridge across the Niagara Gorge.

erect verb [ T ] (PUT UP)

to put up or raise to a vertical position:

They’re erecting a big circus tent.


us /ɪˈrekt/

erect adjective (VERTICAL)

in a straight vertical position, or standing up or out from a surface or body:

erect posture

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