(Latin) electus, past participle of eligere to elect; e out + legere to choose. See Legend, and confer Elite, Eclectic.
1. Chosen; taken by preference from among two or more. "Colors quaint elect." Spenser.2. (Theology) Chosen as the object of mercy or divine favor; set apart to eternal life. "The elect angels." 1 Timothy v. 21.3. Chosen to an office, but not yet actually inducted into it; as, bishop elect; governor or mayor elect.
imperfect & past participle Elected; present participle & verbal noun Electing.
1. One chosen or set apart. Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth. (Isaiah) xlii. 1.2. pl. (Theology) Those who are chosen for salvation. Shall not God avenge his won elect Luke xviii. 7.
1. To pick out; to select; to choose. The deputy elected by the Lord. (Shakespeare)2. To select or take for an office; to select by vote; as, to elect a representative, a president, or a governor.3. (Theology) To designate, choose, or select, as an object of mercy or favor.
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From Latin electus, past participle of eligere (“to pick out, choose, elect”), from e- (“out”) + legere (“to pick out, pick, gather, collect, etc.”); see legend. Cognate to eclectic, which is via Ancient Greek rather than Latin, hence prefix ἐκ (ek), rather than e- (from ex).
elect (plural elects or elect) One chosen or set apart. (uncountable, theology) In Calvinist theology, one foreordained to Heaven. In other Christian theologies, someone chosen by God for salvation. Bible, Isaiah xlii. 1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth. Bible, Luke xviii. 7 Shall not God avenge his won elect?
elect (third-person singular simple present elects, present participle electing, simple past and past participle elected) (transitive) To choose or make a decision (to do something) (transitive) To choose (a candidate) in an election
Adjective elect (not comparable) (used only after the noun) Who has been elected in a specified post, but has not yet entered office. He is the President-elect. 1811, Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, chapter 16 She began almost to feel a dislike of Edward; and it ended, as every feeling must end with her, by carrying back her thoughts to Willoughby, whose manners formed a contrast sufficiently striking to those of his brother elect. Chosen; taken by preference from among two or more. Spenser colours quaint elect Bible, 1 Timothy v. 21 the elect angels
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