elect - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participleelecting
past tenseelected
past participleelected
  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.

    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.