- to choose in preference to another or others; pick out.
- to make a choice; pick.
- chosen in preference to another or others; selected.
- choice; of special value or excellence.
- careful or fastidious in selecting; discriminating.
- carefully or fastidiously chosen; exclusive: a select group of friends.
Origin of select
Examples from the Web for select
All it needs is one more “pipe” to select and transmit the crucial information.Red Tape and Black Boxes: Why We Keep ‘Losing’ Airliners in 2014
December 29, 2014
You can even buy containers of their Cereal Milk in select stores.Cereal Cafe’s Big Bowl of Hate
December 14, 2014
And, second, we already use sortition to select an important deliberative body, the trial jury.Is It Time to Take a Chance on Random Representatives?
November 8, 2014
Until recently, being published was a pleasure afforded only to a select few.You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story
October 19, 2014
He went through his entire database of over 70,000 images to select pieces for the Arizona show.Art in the Age of National Security
Terry Greene Sterling
September 26, 2014
It is not necessarily his own religious belief that he will select.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
He then went on to give a number of examples in point, of which we select a few.De Libris: Prose and Verse
"You go straight ahead and select any location you like," said Marian.Her Father's Daughter
Only that small, select number who were above, and led all the rest.
The divine appetite once fostered, let it select its own food.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
- to choose (someone or something) in preference to another or others
- Also: selected chosen in preference to another or others
- of particular quality or excellence
- limited as to membership or entrya select gathering
- careful in making a choice
Word Origin and History for select
1560s, from Latin selectus, past participle of seligere "choose out, single out, select; separate, cull," from se- "apart" (see secret (n.)) + legere "to gather, select" (see lecture (n.)). The noun meaning "a selected person or thing, that which is choice" is recorded from c.1600. New England selectman first recorded 1640s.
1560s, from select (adj.) or from Latin selectus. Related: Selected; selecting.