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verb [transitive] elect pronunciation in British English /ɪˈlekt/
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present tense
present participleelecting
past tenseelected
past participleelected
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  1. to choose someone by voting so that they represent you or hold an official position
    Every nation should have a right to elect its own government.
    The council is elected by popular vote.
    elect someone to something: He was elected to parliament by a large majority.
    elect someone as something: Lee Yuan-tzu was elected the next day as Vice President.
    elect someone president/chairman/leader etc: Smith was elected executive chairman of a new steering committee.
    elect someone to do something: We were elected to tackle poverty, and that’s what we will do.



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