1. Chosen; taken by preference from among two or more. “Colors quaint elect.”
2. Theol. Chosen as the object of mercy or divine favor; set apart to eternal life. “The elect angels.”
3. Chosen to an office, but not yet actually inducted into it; as, bishop elect; governor or mayor elect.
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.
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.
adj 1: 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)]
n : an exclusive group of people; "one of the elect who have
power inside the government" [syn: chosen]
v 1: 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"