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select

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adjective se·lect \ sə-ˈlekt \

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

selectable

play \sə-ˈlek-tə-bəl\ adjective

selectness

play \sə-ˈlek(t)-nəs\ noun

selector

play \sə-ˈlek-tər\ noun

Examples of select in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology 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


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select

verb

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 in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of select

1566


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select

noun

Definition of select

:one that is select often used in plural

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First Known Use of select

1610


SELECT Defined for English Language Learners

select

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adjective

Definition of select for English Language Learners

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

  • : of the highest quality


select

verb

Definition of select for English Language Learners

  • : to choose (someone or something) from a group

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


SELECT Defined for Kids

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select

play
verb se·lect \ sə-ˈlekt \

Definition of select for Students

selected; selecting
:to pick out from a group
  • I selected a ripe peach.

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select

adjective

Definition of select for Students

1 :chosen to include the best or most suitable individuals
  • select committees
  • Select students participated in the program.
2 :of special value or excellence
  • a select hotel

Medical Dictionary

select

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intransitive verb se·lect \ sə-ˈlekt \

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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