vb appoint, choose, decide upon, designate, determine, opt for, pick, pick out, prefer, select, settle on, vote
adj choice, chosen, elite, hand-picked, picked, preferred, select, selected
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elect ( elects 3rd person present) ( electing present participle) ( elected past tense & past participle )
1 verb When people elect someone, they choose that person to represent them, by voting for them.
The people of the Philippines have voted to elect a new president... V n
Manchester College elected him Principal in 1956... V n n
The country is about to take a radical departure by electing a woman as its new president. V n as n
elected adj ADJ n
...the country's democratically elected president.
2 verb If you electto do something, you choose to do it.
FORMAL Those electing to smoke will be seated at the rear. V to-inf
3 adj Elect is added after words such as `president' or `governor' to indicate that a person has been elected to the post but has not officially started to carry out the duties involved. FORMAL n ADJ ...the date when the president-elect takes office.
The president-elect is the person who has been elected as the president of an organization or country, but who has not yet taken office. n-sing
...one of the president-elect's best proposals during the campaign.
re-elect ( re-elects 3rd person present) ( re-electing present participle) ( re-elected past tense & past participle )
in AM, also use reelect When someone such as a politician or an official who has been elected is re-elected, they win another election and are therefore able to continue in their position as, for example, president, or an official in an organization. verb
The president will pursue lower taxes if he is re-elected... be V-ed
...Ramon Mendoza was re-elected president of Real for a third successive four-year term... be V-ed n
He was overwhelmingly re-elected as party leader. be V-ed as n
I would like to see him stand for re-election...
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