Definition of select in English:

select

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Carefully choose as being the best or most suitable.

    ‘children must select their GCSE subjects’
    with object and infinitive ‘he has been selected to take part’
    no object ‘you can select from a range of quality products’
    • ‘Of those who agreed, the post office then selected which branches to close.’
    • ‘Eleven of the 40 amplified samples were selected randomly for DNA sequence analysis.’
    • ‘Studies found that news stories involving national security are more likely to be selected by editors.’
    • ‘You don't have the freedom to go everywhere, but you must often select from branching paths.’
    • ‘Respondents are also informed as to how and why they were selected to participate.’
    • ‘More than 5,000 pupils nominated their favourite teachers and the five winners were selected by a panel of judges.’
    • ‘The recipient is selected by a committee of past award recipients.’
    • ‘While there were many people vying, only one candidate was selected to represent the party.’
    • ‘Panelists are carefully selected to participate in the sensory evaluations.’
    • ‘Thirty sites were selected randomly from this list for further evaluation for inclusion in the project.’
    • ‘Williams was originally selected in the second round of the 1998 NBA Draft by Chicago.’
    • ‘Two terms of elective subjects follow in which students may select from a wide variety of courses.’
    • ‘Winners were selected on the basis of statistics provided by the Billboard Information Group.’
    • ‘Special prizes will be granted to winners selected by an expert jury in early December.’
    • ‘Political parties usually have one powerful leader who carefully selects candidates from different socio-economic, regional, and ethnic backgrounds.’
    • ‘Potential students select from available programs, typically within their own cities or states.’
    • ‘Texts are carefully selected to represent topics that are relevant to the child's world.’
    • ‘Colonies were then selected on the basis of size differences.’
    • ‘Young teachers felt proud to be appointed and we could select from the best available.’
    • ‘A shortlist of 100 entries will be selected by a panel of judges.’
    choose, pick, hand-pick, single out, pick out, sort out, take, opt for, decide on, settle on, set, fix, fix on, adopt, determine, designate, name, nominate, appoint, elect, specify, stipulate, prefer, favour
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    1. 1.1select for/againstBiology no object (in terms of evolution) determine whether (a characteristic or organism) will survive.
      ‘the commonest phenotype in a population can be selected against’
      • ‘Perhaps the possibility should be considered that evolution selects for beings that imagine their own species exempt from natural selection and possible extinction.’
      • ‘For example, in the evolution of selfing and outcrossing in plants, inbreeding initially selects against selfing lineages by lowering mean fitness.’
      • ‘As in life, evolution selects for maximal ability to reproduce.’
      • ‘Changes that impair performance of the proper function sufficiently to have fitness consequences for the organism will be selected against.’
      • ‘That allows him to argue that social evolution selects for individual adaptations better serving such needs.’
    2. 1.2 Use a mouse or keystrokes to mark (something) on a computer screen for a particular operation.
      ‘you can move and copy text by selecting it and then holding down the mouse button’
      • ‘Use the pull down menu to select the type of screen saver you want to use.’
      • ‘Now users can just select the type tool and click to insert text directly on the canvas.’
      • ‘After that, you have to select the rectangle and the text by double clicking on the pick tool.’
      • ‘After you select the database, a screen similar to the one shown in Figure 2 appears.’
      • ‘The next time you want to visit the site, just click on the links menu and select the website.’
      • ‘The first time you start, you should get a dialog box that lets you select the modem to use.’
      • ‘Most features can be turned on or off by selecting the appropriate radio button.’
      • ‘At the next screen you can select the VPN option and then give it a meaningful name at the screen after that.’
      • ‘This tip was written in Visual LISP and includes a dialog box to select the symbols you want to use.’
      • ‘When I try to click these files, a window appears and asks me to select the appropriate file extension.’
      • ‘Just visit the Mouse Properties dialog box and select the Buttons tab.’
      • ‘Then you select the region between the labels by double-clicking on the time bar.’
      • ‘Once the application starts, click on the Load Image menu item and select a TIFF file.’
      • ‘When you press down the wheel, the above menu will appear, and you can scroll to select the option you desire.’

adjective

  • 1(of a group of people or things) carefully chosen from a larger number as being the best or most valuable.

    ‘he joined his select team of young Intelligence operatives’
    • ‘I definitely have a select few people I spend a lot of time with but no boyfriend.’
    • ‘Critics call it the palace constitution, saying it is being drafted by a select few.’
    • ‘Karate is no longer just a pastime for a select few, as young and old discover the discipline of martial arts.’
    • ‘Punching in the code known only to a very select few, the doors opened with small hiss.’
    • ‘The GEM mortgage is only available through a select group of independent mortgage brokers.’
    • ‘It seems only a select few are ever told about it, and even then, they have to figure out for themselves how the system works.’
    • ‘We're loyal to our favorite stars through thick and thin, but a select few never go through the thick period.’
    • ‘Your clothes are beautiful, but only for a very select few.’
    • ‘There are numerous statistical tables, detailed references and a select bibliography.’
    • ‘A select bibliography for each chapter is intended to provide resource material.’
    • ‘However, this progress has been made for only a select group of species.’
    • ‘Only a select few, over the sweep of history, design what scholars term grand strategy.’
    • ‘Some of Australia's most successful young leaders apply for the fellowship, but only a select few are accepted.’
    • ‘The select few who win the highest number of points get to take part in a lucky draw with prizes that include airline tickets and holidays.’
    • ‘Then again, it would benefit the union if every team, not just a select few, could bid for players.’
    • ‘Only a select few have knowledge of the financial bids of both contenders.’
    • ‘Only a select few champions are safe from the prospect of being traded.’
    • ‘Isn't it time to open the doors and come out into the world and see whether or not your work is speaking to a vast majority of people or just a select few?’
    • ‘Currently, it is a very select few who make the news, not in terms of being featured, but in terms of making the decision of what is news and what is not.’
    • ‘A brief historiographical article concludes the work along with a select bibliography and list of contributors.’
    choice, hand-picked, carefully chosen, prime, first-rate, first-class, high-grade, grade a, superior, finest, best, high-quality, top-quality, top-class, a-list, supreme, superb, excellent, rare, prize, prize-winning, award-winning
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    1. 1.1 (of a place or group of people) only used by or consisting of a wealthy or sophisticated elite; exclusive.
      ‘the opera was seen by a small and highly select audience’
      • ‘Cousin Caroline lived in a posh townhouse in a very quiet and select neighborhood.’
      • ‘However, she warned that removing money from a select group of wealthy schools was unlikely to solve the problem.’
      • ‘There are more select areas of Swindon where they pay nothing at all.’
      • ‘Does democracy have to be an elite club in which only a few select people can participate?’
      • ‘Aside from its internet offering, the company plans to become a big player in a select area of London.’
      exclusive, elite, favoured, limited, rarefied, privileged, cliquish, private
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from Latin select- ‘chosen’, from the verb seligere, from se- ‘apart’ + legere ‘choose’.

Pronunciation

select

/sɪˈlɛkt/