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

Definition of self-select

1 transitive : to select (something) by or for oneself People tend to self-select the environments that fit their needs.— Cynthia M. Allen
2 intransitive : to select oneself as opposed to being selected especially : to opt in or out of something (such as a group, activity, or category) in accordance with one's personality, interests, etc. As always, remember that our Twitter polls are unscientific, because respondents self-select— Eric C. Evarts We self-select into partisan echo chambers, staying far away from dissenting voices on social media and cable news. — Brian Klaas … a compensation structure that rewards profitable growth and encourages low performers to self-select out of the organization. — Patrick Burke
3 intransitive : to attract or involve individuals who tend to have a particular characteristic … analysis of social-media responses self-selects for people who actually want to share their thoughts.— Adrian Lee

Other Words from self-select

self-selected \ ˌself-​sə-​ˈlek-​təd How to pronounce self-selected (audio) \ adjective
a self-selected name an unrepresentative, self-selected sampling
self-selection \ ˌself-​sə-​ˈlek-​shən How to pronounce self-selection (audio) \ noun, plural self-selections
student self-selection of reading materials self-selection of survey respondents The method helped researchers rule out self-selection bias, or the possibility that people who seek out dental care are different—perhaps healthier in general—than those who don't. — Sarah Yang

First Known Use of self-select

1794, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Self-select.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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