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. verb
    select by a vote for an office or membership
    “We elected him chairman of the board”
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    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
  2. verb
    choose
    “I elected to have my funds deposited automatically”
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    type of:
    choose, pick out, select, take
    pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives
  3. adjective
    selected as the best
    “an elect circle of artists”
    synonyms: elite
    selected
    chosen in preference to another
  4. adjective
    elected but not yet installed in office
    “the president elect
    Synonyms:
    incoming
    arriving at a place or position
  5. noun
    an exclusive group of people
    “one of the elect who have power inside the government”
    synonyms: chosen
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    type of:
    elite, elite group
    a group or class of persons enjoying superior intellectual or social or economic status
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