[ 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.
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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
synonym study for select
1. See choose.
OTHER WORDS FROM select
se·lec·ta·ble, adjectivese·lec·ta·bil·i·ty, nounse·lect·ly, adverbse·lect·ness, noun
se·lec·tor, nounnon·se·lect·ed, adjectivere·se·lect, verb (used with object)un·se·lect, adjectiveun·se·lect·ed, adjectivewell-se·lect·ed, adjective
Words nearby select
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British Dictionary definitions for reselect (1 of 2)
/ (ˌriːsɪˈlɛkt) /
(tr) to choose (someone or something) again, esp to choose an existing office-holder as candidate for re-election
Derived forms of reselectreselection, noun
British Dictionary definitions for reselect (2 of 2)
/ (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 forms of selectselectly, adverbselectness, noun
Word Origin for select
C16: from Latin sēligere to sort, from sē- apart + legere to choose
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