erect

Erect means "build" or "upright." If you erect a house, you build it. If you stand erect, you hold your body as tall as possible.

Erect comes from the Latin word erectus, meaning “upright, elevated, lofty” or “eager, alert, aroused.” Erect is a verb, as in, it will take you years to erect your replica of the Eiffel Tower using only gum and toothpicks. Erect is also an adjective, as in something that is tall, firm, straight or rigid, like a half-dead plant that becomes more erect when you water it.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: erect

1
adjv
upright in position or posture
construct, build, or erect
2
adj
of sexual organs; stiff and rigid
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: erect
1

adj upright in position or posture

“an erect stature”
erect flower stalks”
“for a dog, an erect tail indicates aggression”
Synonyms:
upright, vertical
erectile
capable of being raised to an upright position
fastigiate
having clusters of erect branches (often appearing to form a single column)
orthostatic
pertaining to an upright standing posture
passant
in walking position with right foreleg raised
rampant, rearing
rearing on left hind leg with forelegs elevated and head usually in profile
semi-climbing
of plants that are semi-climbers
semi-erect
of plants that are partly erect
semi-upright
of animals that are partly erect
standing
having a supporting base
stand-up
requiring a standing position
statant
standing on four feet
straight, unbent, unbowed
erect in posture
Antonyms:
unerect
not upright in position or posture
accumbent, decumbent, recumbent
lying down; in a position of comfort or rest
bended, bent
used of the back and knees; stooped
cernuous, drooping, nodding, pendulous, weeping
having branches or flower heads that bend downward
couchant
lying on the stomach with head raised with legs pointed forward
dormant, sleeping
lying with head on paws as if sleeping
flat, prostrate
stretched out and lying at full length along the ground
crooked, hunched, round-backed, round-shouldered, stooped, stooping
having the back and shoulders rounded; not erect
procumbent
having stems that trail along the ground without putting down roots
prone, prostrate
lying face downward
semi-prostrate
imperfectly prostrate; prostrate for part of its length
resupine, supine
lying face upward
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v construct, build, or erect

Synonyms:
put up, raise, rear, set up
Antonyms:
dismantle, level, pull down, rase, raze, take down, tear down
tear down so as to make flat with the ground
Type of:
build, construct, make
make by combining materials and parts

v cause to rise up

Synonyms:
rear
Types:
pitch, set up
erect and fasten
cock up, prick, prick up
raise
camp, camp down
establish or set up a camp
Type of:
bring up, elevate, get up, lift, raise
raise from a lower to a higher position
2

adj of sexual organs; stiff and rigid

Synonyms:
tumid
hard
resisting weight or pressure
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