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


  • IPA(key): /sɪˈlɛkt/
  • Rhymes: -ɛkt
  • Hyphenation: se‧lect


select (comparative more select, superlative most select)

  1. Privileged, specially selected.
    Only a select few were allowed into the premiere.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Thomas Macaulay
      A few select spirits had separated from the crowd, and formed a fit audience round a far greater teacher.
    • 1892, Walter Besant, chapter III, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, [], OCLC 16832619:
      At half-past nine on this Saturday evening, the parlour of the Salutation Inn, High Holborn, contained most of its customary visitors. [] In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.
  2. Of high quality; top-notch.
    This is a select cut of beef.



select (third-person singular simple present selects, present participle selecting, simple past and past participle selected)

  1. To choose one or more elements of a set, especially a set of options.
    He looked over the menu, and selected the roast beef.
    The program computes all the students' grades, then selects a random sample for human verification.
  2. (databases) To obtain a set of data from a database using a query.



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