se·​lect | \ sə-ˈlekt How to pronounce select (audio) \

Definition of select

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : chosen from a number or group by fitness or preference
2a : 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


selected; selecting; selects

Definition of select (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to choose (as by fitness or excellence) from a number or group : pick out

intransitive verb

: to make a choice



Definition of select (Entry 3 of 3)

: one that is select often used in plural

Other Words from select


selectable \ sə-​ˈlek-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce select (audio) \ adjective
selectness \ sə-​ˈlek(t)-​nəs How to pronounce select (audio) \ noun
selector \ sə-​ˈlek-​tər How to pronounce select (audio) \ noun

Examples of select in a Sentence

Adjective Only a few select employees attended the meeting. A select committee was formed to plan the project. The group was small and select. A select number of people are invited. Only a select few will be accepted into the program. He only drinks select wines. Verb Please select one item from the list. The school will only select 12 applicants for enrollment. Knowing the importance of making the right choice, he selected carefully. Select “Insert” from the “Edit” menu.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective As of now, plans for the film’s U.S. release in select theaters on Jan. 28, to be followed by an expansion, remain. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Jan. 2022 Cyrano opens in select theaters on Friday, Jan. 28, and goes wide on Friday, Feb. 4. Lauren Huff,, 12 Jan. 2022 Cyrano will be released in select theaters Jan. 28. Greta Bjornson,, 11 Jan. 2022 Pursuit will be released in select theaters and on demand February 18th. Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 6 Jan. 2022 The musical film, directed by Joe Wright, is set to open in select theaters on Jan. 28, before going wide on Feb. 4. Angelique Jackson, Variety, 5 Jan. 2022 Betty White: 100 Years Young will be in select theaters for one day only on Jan. 17. Kemberlie Spivey, Forbes, 1 Jan. 2022 Don't Look Up is currently playing in select theaters. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 13 Dec. 2021 The work of the select House committee investigating the assault continues, as its members try to obtain communications and other records surrounding the attack, as well as the days leading up to it. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, 3 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At the hearing, city staff will present an overview of redistricting, discuss draft maps, and potentially select the city’s next council district election map. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Jan. 2022 Now, simply tap Default Browser app and then select Chrome. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 15 Jan. 2022 Hover over More Tools, then select Clear Browsing Data. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 14 Jan. 2022 Scroll down to find and select the Shutdown Application, then click Open. Simon Hill, Wired, 14 Jan. 2022 Sign up for one day, select two days, or join for all three., 13 Jan. 2022 Typically, the actress lets her man select his outfit first. Kaitlyn Frey,, 13 Jan. 2022 The first four members of the AIRC are chosen by the majority and minority party leaders in the state legislature, who each select one member from the nomination pool. The Enquirer, 12 Jan. 2022 The Society for Science judges select students who can proceed to the next stage of the contest. oregonlive, 11 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The House select committee originally demanded the companies supply these sensitive documents back in August, but discussions have stalled, forcing the panel to issue subpoenas. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 13 Jan. 2022 Raskin is also a member of the Jan. 6 House select committee and is tasked with investigating the cause and who was behind the Jan. 6 insurrection, among other things. Haley Yamada, ABC News, 6 Jan. 2022 Kinzinger, one of the two GOP members on the Jan. 6 House select committee, announced his decision last month. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 5 Nov. 2021 Perhaps the best source for potential charges against prominent political defendants is the House select committee. New York Times, 5 Jan. 2022 Hannity's attorney Jay Sekulow told CNN his client has not heard from the House select committee. Annie Grayer, CNN, 4 Jan. 2022 Americans are also divided on the performance of the Jan. 6 House select committee. Amy Nakamura, USA TODAY, 4 Jan. 2022 Alexander disclosed his communications -- and the relevant materials turned over to the Jan. 6 House select committee -- in a new lawsuit challenging the panel from obtaining his phone records from Verizon. Benjamin Siegel, ABC News, 18 Dec. 2021 The call and the White House's efforts to pressure Raffensperger and Georgia officials to overturn the election have emerged as significant areas of interest to the House select committee. Ryan Nobles, CNN, 30 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of select


circa 1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1566, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


1610, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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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English Language Learners Definition of select

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



English Language Learners Definition of select (Entry 2 of 2)

: to choose (someone or something) from a group
: to choose (a particular action, section of text, etc.) especially by using a mouse


se·​lect | \ sə-ˈlekt How to pronounce select (audio) \
selected; selecting

Kids Definition of select

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Kids Definition of select (Entry 2 of 2)

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


intransitive verb
se·​lect | \ sə-ˈlekt How to pronounce select (audio) \

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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