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[ si-lekt ]

verb (used with object)

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

verb (used without object)

  1. to make a choice; pick.


  1. chosen in preference to another or others; selected.
  2. of special value or excellence; choice.
  3. careful or fastidious in selecting; discriminating.
  4. carefully or fastidiously chosen; exclusive:

    a select group of friends.


/ sɪˈlɛkt /


  1. to choose (someone or something) in preference to another or others


  1. Alsoselected chosen in preference to another or others
  2. of particular quality or excellence
  3. limited as to membership or entry

    a select gathering

  4. careful in making a choice
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Derived Forms

  • seˈlectness, noun
  • seˈlectly, adverb
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Other Words From

  • se·lecta·ble adjective
  • se·lecta·bili·ty noun
  • se·lectly adverb
  • se·lectness noun
  • se·lector noun
  • nonse·lected adjective
  • rese·lect verb (used with object)
  • unse·lect adjective
  • unse·lected adjective
  • well-se·lected adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of select1

First recorded in 1555–65; from Latin sēlēctus (past participle of sēligere “to gather apart”), equivalent to sē- “apart” + leg(ere) “to gather, choose” + -tus past participle suffix; lection ( def ), se-
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Word History and Origins

Origin of select1

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

See choose.
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Example Sentences

That’s about enough to vaccinate everyone in the world, except those doses are in the hands of just a select few countries.

From Vox

Then select Option 1 to input the last six digits of your Social Security number as well as your Zip code.

Next, Pymetrics’s system compares the data from those 50 employees with game data from more than 10,000 people randomly selected from over two million.

All the participants had to do was select the questions they were going to ask a conversation partner — again, from the pool of questions ranked by sensitivity.

Adjust the heat by selecting one of the three levels based on the outside temperature, calculated for 5, 32, and 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

All it needs is one more “pipe” to select and transmit the crucial information.

You can even buy containers of their Cereal Milk in select stores.

And, second, we already use sortition to select an important deliberative body, the trial jury.

Until recently, being published was a pleasure afforded only to a select few.

Roark was a staffer on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and focused on NSA oversight.

I do not care very much how you censor or select the reading and talking and thinking of the schoolboy or schoolgirl.

Of the methods given, the physician should select the one which best meets his needs.

New proposals regarding telephone charges are expected as soon as the Select Committee has reported.

There is no necessity for giving a table of all of their tones here; we select the two most useful.

Then, as Man did not make nor select his power of choice, Man cannot be blamed if that power chooses evil.