Definitions

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.

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

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

Etymologies

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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  • I can't remember the exact name, but it was handed out after the match during the accolades process, and then became available in the title select menu.

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  • So the aspiring lady received what she called select company on a

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  • In 1830, "Mr. Barbour, a graduate of Washington College, Connecticut," was teaching what he called a select school in Raleigh.

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  • The Rev.Mr. Veal had an orrery, an electrifying machine, a turning lathe, a theatre (in the wash-house), a chemical apparatus, and what he called a select library of all the works of the best authors of ancient and modern times and languages.

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  • Jimmy Choo for H&M will probs sell out in select stores carrying it, if only because 'select' tends to mean 'in or near major shopping cities.'

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  • Michael, I also would consider myself a "select case" in that regard, but I have a lot of cynicism in that "select" is probably pretty accurate.

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  • The ad, entitled "Distract," will run on broadcast and cable outlets for the next few weeks in select markets in Illinois, according to the Kirk campaign.

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  • Using that menu, a developer could quickly select from a list of existing properties and insert them in semantically appropriate locations on a web page.

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