Definition of select in English:


Line breaks: se¦lect
Pronunciation: /sɪˈlɛkt


[with object]
  • 1Carefully choose as being the best or most suitable: children must select their GCSE subjects [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.
  • 1.1 [no object] (select for/against) Biology (In terms of evolution) determine whether (a characteristic or organism) will survive: the commonest phenotype in a population 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: you can move and copy text by selecting it and then holding down the mouse button
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    • 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, carefully chosen, prime, first-rate, first-class, high-grade, grade A, superior, finest, best, high-quality, top-quality, top-class, A-list, supreme, superb, excellent, rare, prize, prize-winning, award-winning
    informal tip-top, A1, stellar, 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, favoured, limited, rarefied, privileged, cliquish, private
    informal posh



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  • 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.




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

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