- The definition of select is a person or thing that is chosen, or determined to be excellent or best.
- An example of select are the most valuable trees in a forest.
- An example of select is the most flavorful cut of meat.
- Select is defined as to choose.
An example of to select is picking an outfit to wear for the day.
- chosen in preference to another or others; picked out, esp. for excellence or some special quality; picked
- choice; excellent; outstanding
- careful in choosing or selecting; fastidious
- limited to certain people or groups; exclusive
Origin: L selectus, past participle of seligere, to choose, pick out from se-, apart plush legere, to choose: see logic
- selectness noun
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verb se·lect·ed, se·lect·ing, se·lects verb, transitive
- Singled out in preference; chosen: a select few.
- Of special quality or value; choice: select peaches.
- Of or relating to a lean grade of beef.
- Careful or refined in making selections; discriminating.
- One that is chosen in preference to others or because of special value.
- (used with a pl. verb) Chosen or preferred items or people considered as a group. Often used with the.
Origin: Latin sēligere, sēlēct- : sē-, apart; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots + legere, to choose; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
- se·lecˈta·ble adjective
- se·lectˈness noun