- 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 selected
Contemporary Examples of selected
At the time (and until 1913), U.S. senators were not popularly elected but were selected by the state legislature.The Black Man Who Replaced Jefferson Davis in the Senate
January 7, 2015
They selected an “easy mark” who turned out to be an off-duty NYC Housing Authority cop named James Carragher.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
January 3, 2015
Its adaptability and breeding capabilities ensured that it would be selected for mass production on an unimaginable scale.The History of the Chicken: How This Humble Bird Saved Humanity
December 27, 2014
The remark comes to mind while reading The Selected Letters of Norman Mailer.Mailer’s Letters Pack a Punch and a Surprising Degree of Sweetness
Ronald K. Fried
December 14, 2014
In 1998, she was selected to represent Israel in the prestigious Eurovision contest, winning first place.
Historical Examples of selected
Maidens of the first families were selected to embroider the sacred peplus.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Well, it might be—why had he not selected an elder member of the Church?
I have been selected by you to execute and enforce the laws of the country.
Soon the table was covered with weapons, selected in a dazed way, he knew not why.Viviette
William J. Locke
The site for his house had been selected and the cellar was being excavated.Her Father's Daughter
- 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 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.