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select Syllabification: se·lect
Pronunciation: /səˈlekt/

Definition of select in English:


[with object]
1Carefully choose as being the best or most suitable: students must select their own program [with object and infinitive]: he has been selected to take part [no object]: you can select from a range of quality products
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  • Potential students select from available programs, typically within their own cities or states.
  • Young teachers felt proud to be appointed and we could select from the best available.
  • Two terms of elective subjects follow in which students may select from a wide variety of courses.
choose, pick (out), single out, sort out, take;
opt for, decide on, settle on, determine, nominate, appoint, elect
1.1 [no object] (select for/against) Biology (In terms of evolution) determine whether (a characteristic or organism) will survive: a phenotype can be selected against
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  • As in life, evolution selects for maximal ability to reproduce.
  • Changes that impair performance of the proper function sufficiently to have fitness consequences for the organism will be selected against.
  • Perhaps the possibility should be considered that evolution selects for beings that imagine their own species exempt from natural selection and possible extinction.
1.2Use a mouse or keystrokes to mark (something) on a computer screen for a particular operation.
Example sentences
  • Use the pull down menu to select the type of screen saver you want to use.
  • At the next screen you can select the VPN option and then give it a meaningful name at the screen after that.
  • After you select the database, a screen similar to the one shown in Figure 2 appears.


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1(Of a group of people or things) carefully chosen from a larger number as being the best or most valuable: he joined his select team of young Intelligence operatives
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  • Karate is no longer just a pastime for a select few, as young and old discover the discipline of martial arts.
  • Then again, it would benefit the union if every team, not just a select few, could bid for players.
  • Some of Australia's most successful young leaders apply for the fellowship, but only a select few are accepted.
choice, hand-picked, prime, first-rate, first-class, superior, finest, best, top-class, blue-ribbon, supreme, superb, excellent
informal A1, top-notch
1.1(Of a place or group of people) only used by or consisting of a wealthy or sophisticated elite; exclusive: the opera was seen by a small and highly select audience
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  • However, she warned that removing money from a select group of wealthy schools was unlikely to solve the problem.
  • There are more select areas of Swindon where they pay nothing at all.
  • Aside from its internet offering, the company plans to become a big player in a select area of London.
exclusive, elite, favored, privileged;
informal posh


Example sentences
  • The system uses six light-emitting diodes that are selectable in order from green, blue, purple, white, orange and red.
  • Consider selectable 4WD if you trek to the mountains often.
  • Proximity alerts are pilot selectable at 60, 90 and 120 seconds.
Pronunciation: /səˈlek(t)nəs/


Mid 16th century: from Latin select- 'chosen', from the verb seligere, from se- 'apart' + legere 'choose'.

Words that rhyme with select

affect, bisect, bull-necked, collect, confect, connect, correct, defect, deflect, deject, detect, direct, effect, eject, elect, erect, expect, infect, inflect, inject, inspect, interconnect, interject, intersect, misdirect, neglect, object, perfect, project, prospect, protect, reflect, reject, respect, resurrect, sect, subject, suspect, transect, unchecked, Utrecht
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