from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To take as a choice from among several; pick out.
- intransitive v. To make a choice or selection.
- adj. Singled out in preference; chosen: a select few.
- adj. Of special quality or value; choice: select peaches.
- adj. Of or relating to a lean grade of beef.
- adj. Careful or refined in making selections; discriminating.
- n. One that is chosen in preference to others or because of special value.
- n. Chosen or preferred items or people considered as a group. Often used with the.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Privileged, specially selected.
- adj. Of high quality; top-notch.
- v. To choose one or more elements of a set, especially a set of options.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Taken from a number by preferance; picked out as more valuable or exellent than others; of special value or exellence; nicely chosen; selected; choice.
- transitive v. To choose and take from a number; to take by preference from among others; to pick out; to cull.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To choose or pick out from a number; pick out; choose: as, to select the best; to select a site for a monument.
- Synonyms To Elect, Prefer, etc. (see choose), single out, fix upon, pitch upon.
- To conduct artificial selection methodically. See second quotation under methodical selection, below.
- Chosen on account of special excellence or fitness; carefully picked or selected; hence, choice; composed of or containing the best, choicest, or most desirable: as, select poems; a select party; a select neighborhood.
- Careful or fastidious in choice, or in associating with others; exclusive; also, made with or exhibiting carefulness or fastidiousness.
- = Syn.1. Picked. See choose.
- n. That which is selected or choice.
- n. Selection.
- To select and take up (land) under the land act; free-select. See free-selection.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives
- adj. selected or chosen for special qualifications
- adj. of superior grade
Latin sēligere, sēlēct- : sē-, apart; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots + legere, to choose; see leg- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin sēlēctus, perfect passive participle of sēligō ("choose out, select"), from sē- ("without; apart") + legō ("gather, select"). (Wiktionary)