self-se·​lect ˌself-sə-ˈlekt How to pronounce self-select (audio)
self-selected; self-selecting; self-selects
transitive : to select (something) by or for oneself
People tend to self-select the environments that fit their needs.Cynthia M. Allen
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-selectEric 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
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
self-selected adjective
a self-selected name
an unrepresentative, self-selected sampling
self-selection 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

Examples of self-select in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The parade draws a self-selecting audience every year. Anatoly Kurmanaev Nanna Heitmann, New York Times, 9 May 2024 McLaren is reportedly a bit less selective than, say, Ferrari, in who gets to buy its cars, but those with the money and interest tend to be a self-selecting group anyway. Sean Evans, Robb Report, 6 Apr. 2024 But as recent biennials’ knack for controversy proves, the show still registers the cultural and civil mood of its self-selecting audience. Martha Schwendener, New York Times, 13 Mar. 2024 The researchers also note that users may self-select to mostly follow politically biased news sources. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 23 Jan. 2023 College?) would draw an insular, self-selecting crowd; instead, the video has 10 million views and counting, largely because Brewis is really, really, really, really, really good at making videos. Vulture, 22 Dec. 2023 Writers of all ages responded well to the ability to self-select their picket site for the day, and that also helped members make powerful bonds that will likely them well in their careers. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 18 Nov. 2023 In fact, this kind of career might self-select for a disproportionate number of founders. Christina Farr, STAT, 9 Nov. 2023 That is the target audience for your wild encounters with the trail, not some self-selecting group of existing outdoors enthusiasts. Grayson Haver Currin, Outside Online, 13 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1794, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-select was in 1794

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“Self-select.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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