Definition of select in English:

select

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Carefully 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’
    • ‘Eleven of the 40 amplified samples were selected randomly for DNA sequence analysis.’
    • ‘Williams was originally selected in the second round of the 1998 NBA Draft by Chicago.’
    • ‘More than 5,000 pupils nominated their favourite teachers and the five winners were selected by a panel of judges.’
    • ‘Young teachers felt proud to be appointed and we could select from the best available.’
    • ‘Texts are carefully selected to represent topics that are relevant to the child's world.’
    • ‘Political parties usually have one powerful leader who carefully selects candidates from different socio-economic, regional, and ethnic backgrounds.’
    • ‘Two terms of elective subjects follow in which students may select from a wide variety of courses.’
    • ‘Of those who agreed, the post office then selected which branches to close.’
    • ‘Winners were selected on the basis of statistics provided by the Billboard Information Group.’
    • ‘Respondents are also informed as to how and why they were selected to participate.’
    • ‘Panelists are carefully selected to participate in the sensory evaluations.’
    • ‘Studies found that news stories involving national security are more likely to be selected by editors.’
    • ‘Thirty sites were selected randomly from this list for further evaluation for inclusion in the project.’
    • ‘Potential students select from available programs, typically within their own cities or states.’
    • ‘Special prizes will be granted to winners selected by an expert jury in early December.’
    • ‘While there were many people vying, only one candidate was selected to represent the party.’
    • ‘The recipient is selected by a committee of past award recipients.’
    • ‘You don't have the freedom to go everywhere, but you must often select from branching paths.’
    • ‘A shortlist of 100 entries will be selected by a panel of judges.’
    • ‘Colonies were then selected on the basis of size differences.’
    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’
      • ‘That allows him to argue that social evolution selects for individual adaptations better serving such needs.’
      • ‘Changes that impair performance of the proper function sufficiently to have fitness consequences for the organism will be selected against.’
      • ‘As in life, evolution selects for maximal ability to reproduce.’
      • ‘For example, in the evolution of selfing and outcrossing in plants, inbreeding initially selects against selfing lineages by lowering mean fitness.’
      • ‘Perhaps the possibility should be considered that evolution selects for beings that imagine their own species exempt from natural selection and possible extinction.’
    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’
      • ‘The first time you start, you should get a dialog box that lets you select the modem to use.’
      • ‘At the next screen you can select the VPN option and then give it a meaningful name at the screen after that.’
      • ‘After that, you have to select the rectangle and the text by double clicking on the pick tool.’
      • ‘This tip was written in Visual LISP and includes a dialog box to select the symbols you want to use.’
      • ‘The next time you want to visit the site, just click on the links menu and select the website.’
      • ‘When you press down the wheel, the above menu will appear, and you can scroll to select the option you desire.’
      • ‘Most features can be turned on or off by selecting the appropriate radio button.’
      • ‘Then you select the region between the labels by double-clicking on the time bar.’
      • ‘Just visit the Mouse Properties dialog box and select the Buttons tab.’
      • ‘When I try to click these files, a window appears and asks me to select the appropriate file extension.’
      • ‘Now users can just select the type tool and click to insert text directly on the canvas.’
      • ‘Once the application starts, click on the Load Image menu item and select a TIFF file.’
      • ‘After you select the database, a screen similar to the one shown in Figure 2 appears.’
      • ‘Use the pull down menu to select the type of screen saver you want to use.’

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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A select bibliography for each chapter is intended to provide resource material.’
    • ‘A brief historiographical article concludes the work along with a select bibliography and list of contributors.’
    • ‘Your clothes are beautiful, but only for a very 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.’
    • ‘Then again, it would benefit the union if every team, not just a select few, could bid for players.’
    • ‘I definitely have a select few people I spend a lot of time with but no boyfriend.’
    • ‘We're loyal to our favorite stars through thick and thin, but a select few never go through the thick period.’
    • ‘Karate is no longer just a pastime for a select few, as young and old discover the discipline of martial arts.’
    • ‘The GEM mortgage is only available through a select group of independent mortgage brokers.’
    • ‘Only a select few have knowledge of the financial bids of both contenders.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are numerous statistical tables, detailed references and a select bibliography.’
    • ‘Critics call it the palace constitution, saying it is being drafted by a select few.’
    • ‘Only a select few champions are safe from the prospect of being traded.’
    • ‘Some of Australia's most successful young leaders apply for the fellowship, but only a select few are accepted.’
    • ‘Punching in the code known only to a very select few, the doors opened with small hiss.’
    • ‘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?’
    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.’
      • ‘There are more select areas of Swindon where they pay nothing at all.’
      • ‘Aside from its internet offering, the company plans to become a big player in a select area of London.’
      • ‘Does democracy have to be an elite club in which only a few select people can participate?’
      • ‘However, she warned that removing money from a select group of wealthy schools was unlikely to solve the problem.’
      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/