Usage note
The adjective shown in sense 3) is always used after a noun, and the noun shown in sense 4) is always preceded by the definite article.
transitive verb
1. (to choose by voting) 
a. elegir 
If he gets elected, I'm moving to Canada.Si sale elegido, me mudo a Canadá.
2. (formal) (to make a decision) 
a. elegir 
Many elect to attend university on student loans.Muchos eligen asistir a la universidad con préstamos estudiantiles.
3. (government) 
a. electo 
Supporters turned out to hear the acceptance speech of the president elect.Los seguidores se hicieron presentes para escuchar el discurso de agradecimiento del presidente electo.
plural noun
4. (select group of people) 
The elect are promised a place in heaven.A los elegidos les está prometido un lugar en el cielo.
1. (general) 
a. electo(a) 
the president electel presidente electo
transitive verb
2. (councilor, mp) 
a. elegir 
to elect somebody president, to elect somebody to the presidencyelegir a alguien presidente
3. (formal) 
a. no direct translation (choose) 
to elect to do somethingelegir hacer algo
elect [ɪˈlekt]
transitive verb
1 (Pol) etc elegir;to para
he was elected chairman fue elegido presidente
2 (choose) elegir
he elected to remain eligió quedarse
(after noun) electo
the president elect el/la presidenteapresidenta electoaelecta;a presidenta a electa
the elect los elegidos; los predestinados
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