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e·rect / iˈrekt/ • adj. rigidly upright or straight: she stood erect with her arms by her sides. ∎  (of the penis, clitoris, or nipples) enlarged and rigid, esp. in sexual excitement. ∎  (of hair) standing up from the skin; bristling. • v. [tr.] construct (a building, wall, or other upright structure): the guest house was erected in the eighteenth century. ∎  put into position and set upright (a barrier, statue, or other object): the police had erected roadblocks. ∎  create or establish (a theory or system): the party that erected the welfare state. DERIVATIVES: e·rect·a·ble adj. e·rect·ly adv. e·rect·ness n.

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