erect

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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.

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Upright, or having a vertical position; not inverted; not leaning or bent; not prone; as, to stand erect.

Verb
construct, build, or erect; "Raise a barn"

Verb
cause to rise up

Adjective S.
of sexual organs; stiff and rigid

Adjective
upright in position or posture; "an erect stature"; "erect flower stalks"; "for a dog, an erect tail indicates aggression"; "a column still vertical amid the ruins"; "he sat bolt upright"


a.
Upright, or having a vertical position; not inverted; not leaning or bent; not prone; as, to stand erect.

a.
Directed upward; raised; uplifted.

a.
Bold; confident; free from depression; undismayed.

a.
Watchful; alert.

a.
Standing upright, with reference to the earth's surface, or to the surface to which it is attached.

a.
Elevated, as the tips of wings, heads of serpents, etc.

v. t.
To raise and place in an upright or perpendicular position; to set upright; to raise; as, to erect a pole, a flagstaff, a monument, etc.

v. t.
To raise, as a building; to build; to construct; as, to erect a house or a fort; to set up; to put together the component parts of, as of a machine.

v. t.
To lift up; to elevate; to exalt; to magnify.

v. t.
To animate; to encourage; to cheer.

v. t.
To set up as an assertion or consequence from premises, or the like.

v. t.
To set up or establish; to found; to form; to institute.

v. i.
To rise upright.


Erect

E*rect" , a. [L. erectus, p. p. of erigere to erect; e out + regere to lead straight. See Right, and cf. Alert.] 1. Upright, or having a vertical position; not inverted; not leaning or bent; not prone; as, to stand erect.
Two of far nobler shape, erect and tall.
Among the Greek colonies and churches of Asia, Philadelphia is still erect -- a column of ruins.
2. Directed upward; raised; uplifted.
His piercing eyes, erect, appear to view Superior worlds, and look all nature through.
3. Bold; confident; free from depression; undismayed.
But who is he, by years Bowed, but erect in heart?
4. Watchful; alert.
Vigilant and erect attention of mind.
5. (Bot.) Standing upright, with reference to the earth's surface, or to the surface to which it is attached. 6. (Her.) Elevated, as the tips of wings, heads of serpents, etc.

Erect

E*rect", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Erected; p. pr. & vb. n. Erecting.] 1. To raise and place in an upright or perpendicular position; to set upright; to raise; as, to erect a pole, a flagstaff, a monument, etc. 2. To raise, as a building; to build; to construct; as, to erect a house or a fort; to set up; to put together the component parts of, as of a machine. 3. To lift up; to elevate; to exalt; to magnify.
That didst his state above his hopes erect.
I, who am a party, am not to erect myself into a judge.
4. To animate; to encourage; to cheer.
It raiseth the dropping spirit, erecting it to a loving complaisance.
5. To set up as an assertion or consequence from premises, or the like. "To erect conclusions." Sir T. Browne. "Malebranche erects this proposition." Locke. 6. To set up or establish; to found; to form; to institute. "To erect a new commonwealth." Hooker. Erecting shop (Mach.), a place where large machines, as engines, are put together and adjusted. Syn. -- To set up; raise; elevate; construct; build; institute; establish; found.

Erect

E*rect", v. i. To rise upright. [Obs.]
By wet, stalks do erect.

Upright, or having a vertical position; not inverted; not leaning or bent; not prone; as, to stand erect.

To raise and place in an upright or perpendicular position; to set upright; to raise; as, to erect a pole, a flagstaff, a monument, etc.

To rise upright.

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Usage Examples

Having leveled my palace, don't erect a hovel and complacently admire your own charity in giving me that for a home.

Misspelled Form

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Other Usage Examples

The superior man is the providence of the inferior. He is eyes for the blind, strength for the weak, and a shield for the defenseless. He stands erect by bending above the fallen. He rises by lifting others.

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