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.

Definitions of election
  1. noun
    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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    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
    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
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    the opinion of a group as determined by voting
  2. noun
    the act of selecting someone or something; the exercise of deliberate choice
    “her election of medicine as a profession”
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    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
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    choice, option, pick, selection
    the act of choosing or selecting
  3. noun
    the status or fact of being elected
    “they celebrated his election
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    position, status
    the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society
  4. noun
    the predestination of some individuals as objects of divine mercy (especially as conceived by Calvinists)
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    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)
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