election - definition and synonyms


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  1. [countable] an occasion when people vote for someone to represent them, especially in a government

    Only about 20% of the people voted in the local government elections.

    hold an election:

    Is it really necessary to hold an election every three years?

    election to:

    Elections to the European Parliament are due in May.

    election for:

    She is standing for the first time in elections for the National Assembly.

    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 government

      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