[ si-lekt ]
/ sɪˈlɛkt /

verb (used with object)

to choose in preference to another or others; pick out.

verb (used without object)

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.

Nearby words

  1. selcouthly,
  2. selden,
  3. selden, john,
  4. seldom,
  5. seldomly,
  6. select committee,
  7. selecta,
  8. selectance,
  9. selectee,
  10. selection

Origin of select

1555–65; < Latin sēlēctus (past participle of sēligere to gather apart), equivalent to sē- se- + leg(ere) to gather, choose + -tus past participle suffix

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See choose. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for reselect


/ (ˌriːsɪˈlɛkt) /


(tr) to choose (someone or something) again, esp to choose an existing office-holder as candidate for re-election
Derived Formsreselection, noun


/ (sɪˈlɛkt) /


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
Derived Formsselectly, adverbselectness, noun

Word Origin for select

C16: from Latin sēligere to sort, from sē- apart + legere to choose

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Word Origin and History for reselect
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