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elect

verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
an elected politician
▪ Are the country’s elected politicians trustworthy?
be elected to parliament
▪ She was elected to parliament in 1997.
elect a government (=vote to choose a government)
▪ A new government was elected last October.
elect a leader/elect sb as leader
▪ He was elected leader of his country by a huge majority.
elect a leader/elect sb as leader
▪ He was elected leader of his country by a huge majority.
elect a successor
▪ Ghanaians went to the polls to elect President Rawlings's successor.
elected unopposed
▪ Roberts was elected unopposed as president.
freely elected
▪ the country’s first freely elected president
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
democratically
▪ Perhaps Ken should stand as the next democratically elected mayor of Tehran?
▪ The council voted to have party leaders elected democratically, though it did not yet determine a method.
▪ Each democratically elected government has lasted a couple of months longer than its predecessor.
▪ The politician may have been democratically elected but the politician does not have the same experience as the career official.
▪ Currently, assistance can only be resumed when the president certifies that country has returned to a democratically elected government.
▪ They saw their democratically elected president overthrown by a military coup.
directly
▪ Under the 1987 Constitution an executive President is directly elected for a six-year term.
▪ The only federal officials to be elected directly by the citizens themselves were the members of the House of Representatives.
▪ Executive power is vested in the President, who is directly elected for a five-year term.
▪ But the deputies - whose number reached 562 - were elected directly at factory level and were subject to immediate recall.
▪ About a dozen services were transferred to the directly elected London boroughs.
▪ Mr Tung must maintain momentum towards democratic reforms, increasing the number of directly elected representatives in the territory's legislature.
newly
▪ The president wished his newly elected successor well.
▪ Abacha took power in a military coup in 1993 after the newly elected Moshood Abiola was deposed by a rival general.
▪ And he has been newly elected for the ward of Swale West.
▪ The previous week, we learned that newly elected Rep.
▪ Porras found an astute ally in newly elected President Alvaro Arzu, a pragmatic businessman with an instinct for building consensus.
■ NOUN
assembly
▪ Legislative power is vested in the National Assembly, elected by direct popular vote for a five-year term.
▪ Only a quarter of the 80 members of the new Assembly are old-timers elected before voters approved Proposition 140 in November 1990.
▪ A Constituent Assembly was elected in May 1990 but the military authorities have effectively prevented it from convening.
▪ The Assembly elects a 15-member Council of State, to which its powers are delegated between sessions of the Assembly.
▪ The National Assembly elected a number of new ministers on Aug. 10.
▪ The rulebook says the General Assembly elects him.
▪ Delegates to the higher assemblies were elected by the lower.
board
▪ The Profitboss therefore has no desire to be elected to the board.
▪ Public agencies get most of their funding from legislatures, city councils, and elected boards.
▪ In 1890 she was elected to the school board at Bradford and the West Riding education committee.
▪ Mr Balmuth joined Caldor in 1987 as president and was elected to the board in 1989.
▪ They elect a 45-member board of directors, which in turns elects a seven-member executive committee, which hired Harlan.
▪ The council would elect a board of directors to act as consumer advocates on judicial, legislative or regulatory health-care matters.
▪ Borland also elected a new board member, Harry J.. Saal.
▪ For example, an elected member of a board of education would be considered a public official.
candidate
▪ In order to be elected, a constituency candidate needs only a plurality of the votes cast.
▪ To elect as many legislative candidates as possible this fall who are sympathetic to both sides.
▪ The Welfs could not allow such an election to pass unchallenged and a minority elected their own candidate, Siegfried.
▪ Political consultants used to be little-known operatives working in dingy offices trying to elect better-known candidates.
▪ After the first-round vote, it was reported that no candidate put up by the 30 parties supporting Milongo had been elected.
▪ It cost almost as much to elect an honest candidate as to elect a dishonest one, he observed.
▪ In six rounds of voting, deputies repeatedly failed to elect a candidate by the required majority of 531 votes.
chair
▪ Kamal Ormantayev, a member of the Kazakh Academy of Sciences, was elected as chair.
chairman
▪ And by most measures, he has been an unqualified success since January 1993, when he was elected party chairman.
▪ It elects a 15-member presidium, which in turn elects a Chairman who serves as State President for a five-year term.
▪ The Congress was also to elect the Chairman of the Supreme Soviet.
▪ Bashkim Driza was elected as party chairman.
▪ It elects a chairman and a Liaison Committee.
committee
▪ The party elected a seven-member operative committee.
▪ Daley was to be elected by the committee.
▪ The following members were elected to the Committee.
▪ They elect a 45-member board of directors, which in turns elects a seven-member executive committee, which hired Harlan.
▪ Only 42 new members were elected to the committee, mostly party or government officials from the central or provincial levels.
▪ Townspeople organized themselves and elected committees.
▪ Mr R. Newcombe was elected to the Committee to represent the Clun members.
▪ When the party is in opposition it also elects the Parliamentary Committee or Shadow Cabinet.
congress
▪ We were both war heroes, and both of us had just been elected to Congress.
▪ The new officers were to be elected at a special congress in December.
▪ Unless we elected a flat-tax Congress as well, Forbes' pledge would have been hollow.
council
▪ Public agencies get most of their funding from legislatures, city councils, and elected boards.
▪ A 105-member national council was also elected.
▪ In the 1975 election, however, voters chose four independent candidates for the council and elected independent Margaret Hance as mayor.
▪ It decreed that a council of representatives would elect a president and would be responsible for drafting a constitution.
▪ The council would elect a board of directors to act as consumer advocates on judicial, legislative or regulatory health-care matters.
▪ The Parliamentary Council was elected from the Landtage in proportion to the population of the eleven Länder.
▪ It also established a 150-member National Assembly elected from among the members of eight directly elected regional councils.
deputy
▪ The republic's 245,000 registered voters were to elect deputies to the 42-seat Federal Assembly from 320 candidates representing 21 parties.
▪ In the recent elections, Bustamante, who had returned from exile, had been elected as a deputy to Congress.
▪ The president would no longer be chosen by voters but by an electoral college of supposedly nonpartisan locally elected deputies.
▪ Peter Reith, an unsuccessful contender for the leadership, was elected as deputy leader.
fellow
▪ It may also be possible to award grants of lesser value to applicants not elected as the Fellow.
▪ He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, and had powerful support from politicians and writers.
▪ Harmer was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1898, served on the council, and was a vice-president.
▪ He had been elected a fellow of the Linnean Society in 1793.
▪ Clarke was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1862 and received a Royal medal in 1887.
▪ She was elected a fellow of the Linnean Society in 1904, and was the first woman to serve on its council.
▪ Kempe was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1881 and its treasurer in 1898.
government
▪ He then handed power to an elected government, but it failed to stop the economic decline.
▪ Britain must now throw this opportunity away by electing a Labour government.
▪ S.-backed coup which overthrew a democratically elected government.
▪ Supposing Yorkshire or Cornwall decided by a majority vote to secede from Britain and elect their own government.
▪ Currently, assistance can only be resumed when the president certifies that country has returned to a democratically elected government.
▪ They have seen their elected government removed at gunpoint and now face having their democratic rights withdrawn.
▪ It happened just 10 months ago under the elected civilian government of President Olusegun Obasanjo.
house
▪ Before investigating the design of the autonomous house it is worth asking why the authors elected to design a house.
▪ In addition, forty-seven women were elected to the House of Representatives, a record number.
▪ Before they were elected to the House in 1972, Mississippi had no Republicans in Congress.
▪ Both were elected to the House in 1946.
▪ A black Republican was elected to the House in 1992, and a second in 1994; this autumn may bring more.
▪ This year 37 black candidates were elected to the House out of 53 who ran, some of them in all-black races.
leader
▪ This system relies upon the ability of the electorate to elect and dismiss leaders at periodic intervals.
▪ More, apparently, than our elected leaders possess.
▪ The Parliamentary Party was not in fact electing a prime minister; it was electing a new party leader.
▪ That, said the ejidatarios' elected leader, Rafael Garcia Espinoza, was never the peasants' intention.
▪ The gunmen have made a point, but they must now leave room for talks by elected leaders to go forward.
▪ The village elders were encouraged to establish a system of local government, and elected their leaders.
▪ Shareholders as the electorate are given the power to elect and dismiss their leaders, the directors.
▪ It would grant them greater control over electing their own leaders and over their natural resources and economies.
legislature
▪ Executive authority is nominally vested in the President who is elected by the legislature to no more than two five-year terms of office.
▪ And the local elected legislature will cease to exist.
▪ More blacks have been elected to the state legislature, and a black also heads the Dade county commission.
▪ The convention which framed the constitution was indeed elected by the state legislatures.
majority
▪ Their 1997 came in1984 when, just like New Labour, they were elected with a large majority.
▪ None gave the Tories a hope of being elected with a working majority.
▪ Mann himself was elected by a large majority while still in prison.
mayor
▪ But later this month it will become even more so when Socialist Party candidate Bertrand Delano is elected as mayor.
▪ Discontent grew, however, when elected black mayors found that they had few economic resources to command.
▪ Perhaps Ken should stand as the next democratically elected mayor of Tehran?
▪ The newly elected mayor said he has plenty to do in his own job, which he began two weeks ago.
▪ The bill also includes measures to reform local government by creating directly elected mayors and cabinets.
▪ In city government, public policy is supposed to be enacted by an elected mayor and council.
▪ Brown resigned from the Assembly in December when he was elected mayor of San Francisco.
▪ Then the elite persuaded the newly elected mayor to appoint a committee to lay the groundwork for redevelopment.
member
▪ Following which nineteen members were elected.
▪ But members of Congress are elected to positions of responsibility and should know better.
▪ Committee members were elected annually and meetings were held monthly.
▪ An average of more than $ 1 million was spent for each of the 535 members elected to Congress.
▪ The following members were elected to the Committee.
▪ Until the bankruptcy, the members met annually and elected the symphony trustees.
▪ The founder-members numbered eleven, and in the first ten years of its existence a further forty-three members were elected.
▪ There is a Federal Assembly of 42 members, elected by universal adult suffrage for a five-year term.
minister
▪ Lukanov was formally elected Prime Minister on Sept. 19 by 234 votes to 104, with 34 abstentions.
▪ Helen Clark was elected as prime minister in 1999.
office
▪ In any case, the great reformer's past experiences have probably put him off the idea of elected office.
▪ The trappings of prominent elected offices do not shield the occupants from the challenges, temptations and failures of daily life.
▪ By 1988, 2,908 blacks were elected to public office in the southern states.
▪ Linda Chavez-Thompson, a union leader born of sharecropper parents, became the first person of color elected to the executive office.
▪ For years they have marched, waved flags and mouthed slogans whilst the people elected them to offices of wealth and privilege.
▪ Scott, who teaches political science at both Saint Francis and Ivy Tech, is making his first bid for elected office.
official
▪ Thanks to bitter memories of dictatorship, the constitution forbids a second consecutive term for any elected official.
▪ Once they expose the true cost of their subsidies, elected officials often decide that some are inappropriate.
▪ An estimated 1,400,000 people were eligible to vote to elect officials who in the past had been appointed by the President.
▪ One more small step away from control by elected officials and toward a government run by the bureaucracy.
▪ Cuthbertson said copies of the letter would be sent to a host of elected officials.
▪ Opponents also cite the city government as an example of where elected officials have abdicated their power to the appointed staff.
▪ As government has grown larger and more powerful, so have the temptations that bedevil elected officials.
▪ But citizens should at least get periodic report cards on what their elected officials are doing.
parliament
▪ You should just elect people to Parliament and have collective responsibility.
▪ He returned to politics in January 1995 when he and his wife were elected to parliament.
▪ Its Constitution provides for a President as head of state, elected by Parliament every four years.
▪ In 1972, at the age of 23, he was elected to parliament.
▪ Chaovalit would be the only member of the government not elected to parliament.
▪ They have developed a reasonably efficient administration, with an elected parliament and municipal councils.
▪ Voters elect members of Parliament from districts known as ridings.
party
▪ The party elected a seven-member operative committee.
▪ The council voted to have party leaders elected democratically, though it did not yet determine a method.
▪ The winning party gets to elect the next House speaker.
▪ This system ensured reasonably fair representation for each party, whilst preventing a large number of parties being elected to parliament.
▪ Budragchaagiyn Dash-Yondon, hitherto party chair, was elected as secretary-general.
▪ The party elected Prince Norodom Ranariddh as chair.
▪ Ruling party President Vassiliou was elected as an independent, and his administration is nominally a non-party one.
president
▪ Executive power is in the hands of a President who is elected for a six-year term by the National Assembly.
▪ The president is elected popularly for a fixed seven-year term and then selects a premier, who selects a cabinet.
▪ An executive President is elected every six years.
▪ Mr Balmuth joined Caldor in 1987 as president and was elected to the board in 1989.
▪ The president wished his newly elected successor well.
▪ The president is elected by the people.
▪ Executive authority is nominally vested in the President who is elected by the legislature to no more than two five-year terms of office.
▪ The President is elected for a five-year term by universal adult suffrage.
representative
▪ He was first elected a branch representative 20 years ago.
▪ Now our elected representatives are learning firsthand how petty and obnoxious federal regulation can be.
▪ Mr Tung must maintain momentum towards democratic reforms, increasing the number of directly elected representatives in the territory's legislature.
▪ It is important to note, however, that the assumption that electing representatives is all democracy requires is a faulty one.
▪ The majority of members serving on the Association's various standing committees are elected from the representatives on the council.
▪ The voters' elected representatives just might want a say in the proposed changes to state law governing education.
▪ The people elected were elected as representatives and not delegates.
▪ Should the people elect their representatives?
senate
▪ Hadn't he actually been elected to the State Senate - old Jack Ryan's youngest lad?
▪ But in 1986 he won a seat in the House, and in 1994 was elected to the Senate.
▪ In 1879 he was elected to the State Senate, and in 1880 ran unsuccessfully for Congress.
▪ After being elected to the Senate, Kennedy and Nixon had offices across the hall from each other.
▪ Democrat Carol Moseley from Illinios became the first black woman to be elected to the Senate.
▪ Dole was elected to the Senate in 1968 and is serving in his fifth term, which would have ended in 1998.
▪ In 1966, she became the first black woman elected to the Texas Senate.
▪ Four years later, in 1986, he was elected to the Senate.
speaker
▪ The House vote on electing a speaker is traditionally on party lines.
▪ We now have Congressman Forbes, who has clearly said he will not elect the speaker.
▪ The winning party gets to elect the next House speaker.
▪ Since 1879, House rules have required a majority of those voting for a distinct candidate to elect a speaker.
term
▪ The President is elected for a five-year term by popular vote.
▪ Executive power is vested in the President, who is directly elected for a five-year term.
▪ Under this system policy is made by six council members and a mayor who are elected simultaneously for two-year terms.
▪ Meanwhile, Theodore Roosevelt, the bugaboo of monopolists, had just been elected to a second term.
▪ Among the successful opposition candidates was Hitoshi Motoshima, who was narrowly elected to a fourth term as mayor of Nagasaki.
▪ They are elected for a three-year term.
vote
▪ Legislative power is vested in the National Assembly, elected by direct popular vote for a five-year term.
▪ Three of the hardest selling dealers were elected, usually by vote.
▪ I was duly elected without a vote being needed, on to the Standing Committee, as were five other people.
▪ Seleznev was elected by 285 votes to two.
▪ For instance: is the test of a democracy the fact that a government is elected by the votes of the people?
voter
▪ The republic's 245,000 registered voters were to elect deputies to the 42-seat Federal Assembly from 320 candidates representing 21 parties.
▪ Under any such setup, voters elect a leader who espouses a program.
▪ The issue arose again this month, when Assam voters elected a new state assembly.
▪ Washington voters usually elect moderate Republicans and Democrats who could work together in Congress or in Olympia.
▪ When the ballots were counted, voters had elected a City Council with a Latino majority.
years
▪ The liberals believe they are under-represented in the Congress, which was elected two years ago under the old Soviet system.
▪ But the character issue is not new and did not stop Clinton from being elected four years ago.
▪ An executive President is elected every six years.
▪ But they found grassroots leaders who were far superior to the slobs they had been electing over the years.
▪ Primary legislative authority is exercised through the unicameral Chamber of Deputies, elected every five years.
▪ It was proposed that the president be elected for two years without the right to re-election.
▪ Legislative authority is vested in a unicameral National Parliament, the 38 members of which are popularly elected for up to four years.
■ VERB
get
▪ Thaksin needs a large amount of funds if he is to honour the populist promises that got him elected.
▪ It helps, though, to get you elected.
▪ In return for getting Democrats elected, Sweeney will be expecting favors.
▪ The rich guys can get elected on their money, but somebody like me, an ordinary person, needs the party.
▪ Maybe they owned the President? they certainly paid to get him elected.
▪ The only thing invincible about the Machine is that it gets him elected.
▪ Another plan was to get Primakov elected, as long as he pulled out of the presidential race.
▪ Further, if blacks somehow got elected to political office, they must be mobbed and displaced.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
newly elected/formed/arrived etc
▪ A number of firms may also have had problems in achieving the synergies expected of newly formed structures.
▪ As he waits for the computer to load up the programmes, he scans the rolls of newly arrived faxes.
▪ Balmy, near-equatorial currents from Panthalassa rushed between the sundered continents along the newly formed Tethyan Seaway.
▪ I knew that the press was doing a selling job when we supported a newly arrived unit from Hawaii.
▪ The newly formed opposition coalition insisted it was the majority and kept the original day and time.
▪ The amnesty was reportedly requested by the newly elected local councils of Rangamati, Bandarban and Khagrachbari.
▪ Then the elite persuaded the newly elected mayor to appoint a committee to lay the groundwork for redevelopment.
▪ Workshops and initiatives for the newly arrived civil engineers, tile-makers and labourers did not materialise.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ I think we should start by electing a new chairman.
▪ Ken Livingstone was elected mayor of London in May 2000.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Britain must now throw this opportunity away by electing a Labour government.
▪ Dudayev declared Chechnya independent in 1991, shortly after he was elected president.
▪ In return for getting Democrats elected, Sweeney will be expecting favors.
▪ One is the Legislature, whose members are elected by the people to enact laws.
▪ Prior to 1981, most companies elected to use an accelerated method of depreciation for tax purposes.
▪ The founder-members numbered eleven, and in the first ten years of its existence a further forty-three members were elected.
▪ Under any such setup, voters elect a leader who espouses a program.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Elect

Elect \E*lect"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Elected; p. pr. & vb. n. Electing.]

  1. To pick out; to select; to choose.

    The deputy elected by the Lord.
    --Shak.

  2. To select or take for an office; to select by vote; as, to elect a representative, a president, or a governor.

  3. (Theol.) To designate, choose, or select, as an object of mercy or favor.

    Syn: To choose; prefer; select. See Choose.

Elect

Elect \E*lect"\, a. [L. electus, p. p. of eligere to elect; e out + legere to choose. See Legend, and cf. Elite, Eclectic.]

  1. Chosen; taken by preference from among two or more. ``Colors quaint elect.''
    --Spenser.

  2. (Theol.) Chosen as the object of mercy or divine favor; set apart to eternal life. ``The elect angels.''
    --1 Tim. v. 21.

  3. Chosen to an office, but not yet actually inducted into it; as, bishop elect; governor or mayor elect.

Elect

Elect \E*lect"\, n.

  1. One chosen or set apart.

    Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth.
    --Is. xlii. 1.

  2. pl. (Theol.) Those who are chosen for salvation.

    Shall not God avenge his won elect?
    --Luke xviii. 7.

WordNet

elect

  1. adj. selected as the best; "an elect circle of artists"; "elite colleges" [syn: elite]

  2. elected but not yet installed in office; "the president elect" [syn: elect(ip)]

elect

n. an exclusive group of people; "one of the elect who have power inside the government" [syn: chosen]

elect

  1. v. select by a vote for an office or membership; "We elected him chairman of the board"

  2. choose; "I elected to have my funds deposited automatically"

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

elect

early 15c., "to choose for an office, position, or duty," from Latin electus, past participle of eligere "to pick out, choose" (see election). Related: Elected; electing.

elect

early 15c., of action, "voluntary;" of persons, "taken in preference to others," especially "chosen by God for some special purpose," from Latin electus, past participle of eligere "to pick out, choose" (see election). The noun meaning "those chosen by God" is from early 15c.

Wiktionary

elect

  1. 1 (context used only after the noun English) Who has been elected in a specified post, but has not yet entered office. 2 Chosen; taken by preference from among two or more. n. 1 One chosen or set apart. 2 (context uncountable theology English) In Calvinist theology, one foreordained to Heaven. In other Christian theologies, someone chosen by God for salvation. v

  2. 1 (context transitive English) To choose or make a decision (to do something) 2 (context transitive English) To choose (a candidate) in an election

Usage examples of "elect".

Binah, elected to live in the Peninsula, since the greatest concentration of intelligent aborigines now resides there.

At Port Resolution, in the New Hebrides, Martin elected to walk barefooted in the bush and returned on board with many cuts and abrasions, especially on his shins.

No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once.

Goya elected to adorn the dining room of his house, the Quinta del Sordo.

If I were the more agile jumper Hovan Du far outclassed me in climbing, with the result that he reached the rail and was clambering over while my eyes were still below the level of the deck, which was, perhaps, a fortunate thing for me since, by chance, I had elected to gain the deck directly at a point where, unknown to me, one of the crew of the ship was engaged with the grappling hooks.

John Brown was elected alderman of Farringdon Within shortly afterwards, but he was discharged by the Common Council, and the aldermanry was subsequently filled by John Hardy being translated to it from Aldersgate Ward.

Through them and the offspring they produce, Central will be made supreme over every other planet in the Amalgamation, not merely the elected leader among equals.

The executive department having thus elected to waive any right to free itself from the obligation to deliver up its own citizens, it is the plain duty of this court to recognize the obligation to surrender the appellant as one imposed by the treaty as the supreme law of the land as affording authority for the warrant of extradition.

Physically present in their holographic midst, the elected representatives of the Arachnos, Sectae and Herculeans moved with anxious precision.

Augustine declared that a few were arbitrarily elected to salvation from eternity, and that Christ died only for them.

The difference, then, in a word, between the two methods of salvation thus far explained, is this: While both assume that mankind are doomed to death and hell in consequence of the sin of Adam, the one asserts that the interference of Christ of itself saved all souls, the other asserts that that interference cannot save any soul except those whom God, of his sovereign pleasure, had from eternity arbitrarily elected.

Molly as Cecily paused at the very top, and the newly elected ArchDruid of Ardagh stepped forward.

He believed passionately that it is the duty of the undeserving rich to support the deserving poor, of whom he elected himself the articulate representative.

During one of the most glorious years of my life, in the period which is marked for me by the erection of the Pantheon, I had you elected, out of friendship for your family, to the sacred college of the Arval Brethren, over which the emperor presides, and which devoutly perpetuates our ancient Roman religious customs.

I feel, however, that in view of the expansion and the growing importance of the administrative sphere of the Cause, the general sentiments and tendencies prevailing among the friends, and the signs of increasing interdependence among the National Spiritual Assemblies throughout the world, the assembled accredited representatives of the American believers should exercise not only the vital and responsible right of electing the National Assembly, but should also fulfill the functions of an enlightened, consultative and cooperative body that will enrich the experience, enhance the prestige, support the authority, and assist the deliberations of the National Spiritual Assembly.