election

An election is a vote to decide who will hold a political office. Every four years, there is the election of a new U.S. President.

If you have been following politics for long, you'll hear about plenty of elections: votes held every few years for political office. Mayors, governors, judges, and the President are all put in office by elections. You can also speak of the election of a winner: for example, "Her election was close." An election can also mean any kind of choice, such as "his election to move to Vermont." All the meanings of this word have to do with exercising choice.

Primary Meanings of election

1.
n
a vote to select the winner of a position or political office
2.
n
the predestination of some individuals as objects of divine mercy (especially as conceived by Calvinists)
Full Definitions of election
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n a vote to select the winner of a position or political office

“the results of the election will be announced tonight”
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reelection
election again
general election
a national or state election; candidates are chosen in all constituencies
primary, primary election
a preliminary election where delegates or nominees are chosen
by-election, bye-election
a special election between regular elections
runoff
a final election to resolve an earlier election that did not produce a winner
direct primary
a primary where voters directly select the candidates who will run for office
Type of:
vote
the opinion of a group as determined by voting

n the act of selecting someone or something; the exercise of deliberate choice

“her election of medicine as a profession”
Types:
co-optation, co-option
the selection of a new member (usually by a vote of the existing membership)
cumulative vote
an election in which each person has as many votes as there are positions to be filled and they can all be cast for one candidate or can be distributed in any manner
Type of:
choice, option, pick, selection
the act of choosing or selecting

n the status or fact of being elected

“they celebrated his election
Type of:
position, status
the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society
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n the predestination of some individuals as objects of divine mercy (especially as conceived by Calvinists)

Type of:
foreordination, predestination, predetermination, preordination
(theology) being determined in advance; especially the doctrine (usually associated with Calvin) that God has foreordained every event throughout eternity (including the final salvation of mankind)