[ si-lekt ]
/ sɪˈlɛkt /
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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.
of special value or excellence; choice.
careful or fastidious in selecting; discriminating.
carefully or fastidiously chosen; exclusive: a select group of friends.
3 preferred.



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Origin of select

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; cf. lection, se-
1. See choose.
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British Dictionary definitions for select

/ (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
selectly, adverbselectness, noun
C16: from Latin sēligere to sort, from sē- apart + legere to choose
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