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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Eleven of the 40 amplified samples were selected randomly for DNA sequence analysis.’
    • ‘A shortlist of 100 entries will be selected by a panel of judges.’
    • ‘Political parties usually have one powerful leader who carefully selects candidates from different socio-economic, regional, and ethnic backgrounds.’
    • ‘Colonies were then selected on the basis of size differences.’
    • ‘Thirty sites were selected randomly from this list for further evaluation for inclusion in the project.’
    • ‘More than 5,000 pupils nominated their favourite teachers and the five winners were selected by a panel of judges.’
    • ‘While there were many people vying, only one candidate was selected to represent the party.’
    • ‘Young teachers felt proud to be appointed and we could select from the best available.’
    • ‘Respondents are also informed as to how and why they were selected to participate.’
    • ‘Williams was originally selected in the second round of the 1998 NBA Draft by Chicago.’
    • ‘Texts are carefully selected to represent topics that are relevant to the child's world.’
    • ‘You don't have the freedom to go everywhere, but you must often select from branching paths.’
    • ‘Of those who agreed, the post office then selected which branches to close.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The recipient is selected by a committee of past award recipients.’
    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’
      • ‘For example, in the evolution of selfing and outcrossing in plants, inbreeding initially selects against selfing lineages by lowering mean fitness.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Perhaps the possibility should be considered that evolution selects for beings that imagine their own species exempt from natural selection and possible extinction.’
      • ‘As in life, evolution selects for maximal ability to reproduce.’
    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’
      • ‘When I try to click these files, a window appears and asks me to select the appropriate file extension.’
      • ‘When you press down the wheel, the above menu will appear, and you can scroll to select the option you desire.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The first time you start, you should get a dialog box that lets you select the modem to use.’
      • ‘The next time you want to visit the site, just click on the links menu and select the website.’
      • ‘Use the pull down menu to select the type of screen saver you want to use.’
      • ‘Then you select the region between the labels by double-clicking on the time bar.’
      • ‘Now users can just select the type tool and click to insert text directly on the canvas.’
      • ‘Most features can be turned on or off by selecting the appropriate radio button.’
      • ‘After you select the database, a screen similar to the one shown in Figure 2 appears.’
      • ‘Once the application starts, click on the Load Image menu item and select a TIFF file.’
      • ‘After that, you have to select the rectangle and the text by double clicking on the pick tool.’
      • ‘Just visit the Mouse Properties dialog box and select the Buttons tab.’

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’
    • ‘Critics call it the palace constitution, saying it is being drafted by a select few.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘However, this progress has been made for only a select group of species.’
    • ‘Punching in the code known only to a very select few, the doors opened with small hiss.’
    • ‘Then again, it would benefit the union if every team, not just a select few, could bid for players.’
    • ‘Your clothes are beautiful, but only for a very select few.’
    • ‘We're loyal to our favorite stars through thick and thin, but a select few never go through the thick period.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A brief historiographical article concludes the work along with a select bibliography and list of contributors.’
    • ‘Only a select few champions are safe from the prospect of being traded.’
    • ‘I definitely have a select few people I spend a lot of time with but no boyfriend.’
    • ‘There are numerous statistical tables, detailed references and a select bibliography.’
    • ‘Only a select few, over the sweep of history, design what scholars term grand strategy.’
    • ‘Only a select few have knowledge of the financial bids of both contenders.’
    • ‘The GEM mortgage is only available through a select group of independent mortgage brokers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Karate is no longer just a pastime for a select few, as young and old discover the discipline of martial arts.’
    • ‘A select bibliography for each chapter is intended to provide resource material.’
    • ‘Some of Australia's most successful young leaders apply for the fellowship, but only a select few are accepted.’
    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’
      • ‘There are more select areas of Swindon where they pay nothing at all.’
      • ‘However, she warned that removing money from a select group of wealthy schools was unlikely to solve the problem.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Cousin Caroline lived in a posh townhouse in a very quiet and select neighborhood.’
      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/