To select by vote for an office or for membership. To pick out; select: elect an art course. To decide, especially by preference: elected to take the summer off. To select by divine will for salvation. Used of God. To make a choice or selection. Chosen deliberately; singled out. Elected but not yet installed. Often used in combination: the governor-elect. Chosen for marriage. Often used in combination: the bride-elect. Selected by divine will for salvation. One that is chosen or selected. One selected by divine will for salvation. An exclusive group of people. Used with the: one of the elect who have power inside the government.