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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin sēligere, sēlēct- : sē-, apart; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots + legere, to choose; see leg- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin sēlēctus, perfect passive participle of sēligō ("choose out, select"), from sē- ("without; apart") + legō ("gather, select").


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