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
* Bible, Luke xviii. 7
- Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect , in whom my soul delighteth.
- Shall not God avenge his won elect ?
To choose or make a decision (to do something)
To choose (a candidate) in an election
(used only after the noun) Who has been elected in a specified post, but has not yet entered office.
* 1811 , Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility , chapter 16
- He is the President-elect .
Chosen; taken by preference from among two or more.
- 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 .
* Bible, 1 Timothy v. 21
- colours quaint elect
- the elect angels
Upright; vertical or reaching broadly upwards.
Rigid, firm; standing out perpendicularly.
(obsolete) Bold; confident; free from depression; undismayed.
- Among the Greek colonies and churches of Asia, Philadelphia is still erect — a column of ruins.
(obsolete) Directed upward; raised; uplifted.
* Alexander Pope
- But who is he, by years / Bowed, but erect in heart?
- His piercing eyes, erect , appear to view / Superior worlds, and look all nature through.
(heraldry) Elevated, as the tips of wings, heads of serpents, etc.
- vigilant and erect attention of mind
To put up by the fitting together of materials or parts.
To cause to stand up or out.
To raise and place in an upright or perpendicular position; to set upright; to raise.
- to erect a house or a fort
To lift up; to elevate; to exalt; to magnify.
- to erect a pole, a flagstaff, a monument, etc.
- that didst his state above his hopes erect
To animate; to encourage; to cheer.
- I, who am a party, am not to erect myself into a judge.
(astrology) To cast or draw up (a figure of the heavens, horoscope etc.).
* 1971 , , Religion and the Decline of Magic , Folio Society 2012, p. 332:
- It raiseth the dropping spirit, erecting it to a loving complaisance.
To set up as an assertion or consequence from premises, etc.
* Sir Thomas Browne
- In 1581 Parliament made it a statutory felony to erect figures, cast nativities, or calculate by prophecy how long the Queen would live or who would succeed her.
* John Locke
- to erect conclusions.
To set up or establish; to found; to form; to institute.
- Malebranche erects this proposition.
- to erect a new commonwealth