select

4 ENTRIES FOUND:

1se·lect

adjective \sə-ˈlekt\

: chosen from a group to include the best people or things

: of the highest quality

Full Definition of SELECT

1
:  chosen from a number or group by fitness or preference
2
a :  of special value or excellence :  superior, choice
b :  exclusively or fastidiously chosen often with regard to social, economic, or cultural characteristics
3
:  judicious or restrictive in choice :  discriminating <pleased with the select appreciation of his books — Osbert Sitwell>
se·lect·able \sə-ˈlek-tə-bəl\ adjective
se·lect·ness \sə-ˈlek(t)-nəs\ noun
se·lec·tor \sə-ˈlek-tər\ noun

Examples of SELECT

  1. Only a few select employees attended the meeting.
  2. A select committee was formed to plan the project.
  3. The group was small and select.
  4. A select number of people are invited.
  5. Only a select few will be accepted into the program.
  6. He only drinks select wines.

Origin of SELECT

Latin selectus, past participle of seligere to select, from se- apart (from sed, se without) + legere to gather, select — more at suicide, legend
First Known Use: circa 1555

2select

verb

: to choose (someone or something) from a group

computers : to choose (a particular action, section of text, etc.) especially by using a mouse

Full Definition of SELECT

transitive verb
:  to choose (as by fitness or excellence) from a number or group :  pick out
intransitive verb
:  to make a choice

Examples of SELECT

  1. Please select one item from the list.
  2. The school will only select 12 applicants for enrollment.
  3. Knowing the importance of making the right choice, he selected carefully.
  4. Select Insert from the Edit menu.

First Known Use of SELECT

1566

3select

noun

Definition of SELECT

:  one that is select —often used in plural

First Known Use of SELECT

1610

se·lect

intransitive verb \sə-ˈlekt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SELECT

: to cause a specified gene, trait, or organism to become more frequent or less frequent—usually used with for or against <animal breeders need to select simultaneously for improved conformity to breed characteristics and against defective genes causing disease>

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