from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To take as a choice from among several; pick out.
  • intransitive verb To make a choice or selection.
  • adjective Singled out in preference; chosen.
  • adjective Of special quality or value; choice.
  • adjective Of or relating to a lean grade of beef.
  • adjective Careful or refined in making selections; discriminating.
  • noun One that is chosen in preference to others or because of special value.
  • noun Chosen or preferred items or people considered as a group. Often used with the.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To select and take up (land) under the land act; free-select. See free-selection.
  • 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.
  • noun That which is selected or choice.
  • noun Selection.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective 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 verb To choose and take from a number; to take by preference from among others; to pick out; to cull.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Privileged, specially selected.
  • adjective Of high quality; top-notch.
  • verb To choose one or more elements of a set, especially a set of options.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives
  • adjective selected or chosen for special qualifications
  • adjective 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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