elect

To elect is to choose. A group of citizens may elect the next president, or you may just elect to stay home during the blizzard.

Most famously, in the political sense, elect means to choose a person for public office, usually via an election. It also means to choose a particular course in life of major consequence. You probably don't elect to drink Pepsi over Coke, but you do elect to study a particular major at college, or sign up for military service.

Definitions of elect
1

v select by a vote for an office or membership

“We elected him chairman of the board”
Types:
co-opt
choose or elect as a fellow member or colleague
reelect, return
elect again
Type of:
choose, pick out, select, take
pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

v choose

“I elected to have my funds deposited automatically”
Type of:
choose, pick out, select, take
pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

adj selected as the best

“an elect circle of artists”
Synonyms:
elite
selected
chosen in preference to another

adj elected but not yet installed in office

“the president elect
Synonyms:
incoming
arriving at a place or position

n an exclusive group of people

“one of the elect who have power inside the government”
Synonyms:
chosen
Type of:
elite, elite group
a group or class of persons enjoying superior intellectual or social or economic status