select

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adjective

se·​lect sə-ˈlekt How to pronounce select (audio)
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 booksOsbert Sitwell
selectable adjective
selectness noun
selector noun

select

2 of 3

verb

selected; selecting; selects

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to make a choice

select

3 of 3

noun

: one that is select
often used in plural

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
The Shelton, Connecticut firm services the alcoholic beverage industry and uses NIQ data tracking retail sales at supermarkets, convenience and select liquor stores. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 6 Apr. 2024 While prices for the women’s tournament have been soaring, there are a couple of ways to get a discount on select seats. Rudie Obias, Variety, 6 Apr. 2024 Threads attracted more than 130 million active users in its first six months, and Meta recently began testing cash bonuses for select creators who post engaging content on the platform, the company confirmed Thursday. Will Oremus, Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2024 There are select electronic items that only have a 90-day return policy, including televisions, computers and cell phones. Kimberly Cataudella Tutuska, Miami Herald, 3 Apr. 2024 That’s because members can earn 1,000 bonus points per night at select properties, or 5,000 points for a stay of at least three nights. Ramsey Qubein, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 Apr. 2024 Join Fox News for access to this content Plus special access to select articles and other premium content with your account - free of charge. Landon Mion, Fox News, 3 Apr. 2024 The program allows premium cabin passengers on select routes to pre-order meals, with a massive selection of dishes that wouldn’t otherwise be available onboard. Chris Dong, Travel + Leisure, 25 Mar. 2024 His neighbors in the Berkshires are alarmed by a series of stories that have run in local publications, and the town’s select board forces Chambers to close the Berkshire People’s Gym. David Peisner, Rolling Stone, 24 Mar. 2024
Verb
It’s been nearly a decade since the Rams selected a player in the first round of the NFL draft. Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2024 The restaurants were selected by members of the Courier Journal newsroom and by readers who responded to a Courier Journal post on social media based on various criteria, including taste, crunch, flavor and more. Amanda Hancock, The Courier-Journal, 8 Apr. 2024 Calipari has had 58 players selected in the NBA Draft during his 31-year college coaching career with 47 being selected in his first 14 seasons at Kentucky. Richard Davenport, arkansasonline.com, 8 Apr. 2024 He was selected to seven Pro Bowls, was named first-team All-Pro six times and won one Super Bowl title throughout his accomplished 13-season football career. Charlotte Phillipp, Peoplemag, 7 Apr. 2024 The remaining products on this list were selected through extensive product research. Paige Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Apr. 2024 From those results, predictive AI algorithms selected the most promising molecules to advance to the clinical trial stage. David Zuluaga Martínez, Fortune, 5 Apr. 2024 The Masterton Trophy winner is selected from a poll of the 32 chapters of the PHWA at the end of the regular season and a $2,500 grant from the PHWA is awarded annually to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund, based in Bloomington, Minn., in the name of the winner. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, 5 Apr. 2024 All products are independently selected by our editors. Marci Robin, Allure, 27 Mar. 2024
Noun
For a shade that casts a peachy glow by day and offers a warm-fuzzy neutral at night, try this shade, tastemaker Melissa Smrekar's select for the living room of her 1930s Dallas cottage. Grace Haynes, Southern Living, 20 Mar. 2024 These statement-making selects either have a striking metallic hue or sparkly finish to add a little flair to pretty much any outfit. Lauren Dana Ellman, Condé Nast Traveler, 29 Feb. 2024 The team member loaded our selects into an iPad before leaving the room. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 28 Feb. 2024 Albeit a game for the economic select who can shell out for $1,800 Lay’s potato-chip clutches, $4,800 padded bathrobes, $1,780 trash-bag purses made of calfskin, or 95-cent Ikea bags transformed into $2,000 totes. Nathan Taylor Pemberton, Rolling Stone, 20 Jan. 2024 Elsewhere, in the collection, there were selects that were comprised of excellent corsets with intricate ribbon additions. Robyn Mowatt, Essence, 9 Sep. 2023 Chicken Selects In 2004, McDonald’s released their chicken selects. Sam Burros, Peoplemag, 30 July 2023 The range also features office-ready suiting selects—there’s also an exquisite gown with knit detailing. Robyn Mowatt, Essence, 12 Sep. 2023 Some of our top selects include the sleeveless turtleneck, the signature tee, and the pure wide leg denim. Amy Louise Bailey, Travel + Leisure, 21 Aug. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

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

Adjective

circa 1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1566, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

1610, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of select was circa 1555

Dictionary Entries Near select

Cite this Entry

“Select.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/select. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

select

1 of 2 verb
se·​lect sə-ˈlekt How to pronounce select (audio)
1
: to pick out from a number or group : choose
2
: to choose (a particular action or a section of text on a computer screen) especially using a mouse

select

2 of 2 adjective
1
: chosen from a number or group to include the best or most suitable individuals
invited only a few select employees
2
: of special value or excellence : superior, choice
a select hotel

Medical Definition

select

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