select

[ 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.

adjective

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

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British Dictionary definitions for selector (1 of 2)

selector
/ (sɪˈlɛktə) /

noun

a person or thing that selects
a device used in automatic telephone switching that connects one circuit with any one of a number of other circuits
British a person who chooses the members of a sports team
Australian the holder of a tract of land acquired by free-selection

British Dictionary definitions for selector (2 of 2)

select
/ (sɪˈlɛkt) /

verb

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

adjective

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 select

selectly, adverbselectness, noun

Word Origin for select

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