- 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 selecting
Selecting legislators by lottery was good enough for the ancient Athenians.Is It Time to Take a Chance on Random Representatives?
November 8, 2014
I want to be clear that the elders themselves are not involved with selecting who would serve on those boards.Another Mega Church Implodes
September 14, 2014
The name, however, clearly has a double meaning, with Viktor selecting gold as her main material for producing her art.Lina Viktor Is the Artist Who Paints With Gold
May 23, 2014
And selecting Samberg as host meant that, perhaps more than other SNL alumni, it was going to be more offbeat episode of SNL.Andy Samberg's ‘SNL’ Finale Was Wonderfully Weird
May 18, 2014
Indeed, price tends to be a deciding factor in selecting a trench philosophy.An Ode to the Trench Coat: The Burberry vs. The Lloyd Dobler
April 14, 2014
He is selecting those he wants, and the rest he will send to their homes.
He was selecting a table, when a step on the verandah made him look up.
Selecting one key, he stepped up to a cabinet and opened it.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
Rules to assist in selecting the equipment will, however, be given.The Automobile Storage Battery
O. A. Witte
Here, again, the only precaution is to take pains in selecting the site.Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick
- 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 selecting
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.