Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

election - definition and synonyms

 
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
noun election pronunciation in American English /ɪˈlekʃ(ə)n/
Word Forms
Close
singularelection
pluralelections
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. [countable] an occasion when people vote for someone to represent them, especially in government
    Only about 20% of the people voted in the local elections.
    hold elections: The new regime is promising to hold free elections as soon as possible.
    election to: Elections to the city council are held in November.
    election for: He won the first national election for president.
    win/lose an election: They have only recently won an election under his leadership.
    contest/fight an election: The parties formed an alliance to contest the 1988 legislative elections.
    1. a.
      [uncountable] the process of electing a person or group of people
      With the election of a new leader, the country became relatively stable.
      election to: a candidate for election to the Council
      election as: His election as President will mean changes in foreign policy.
    2. b.
      [only before noun] relating to an election
      the presidential election campaign
      local election results
      an election victory/defeat

nanodegree

a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

dolt

a stupid person

Open Dictionary

hypocaust

an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog