select

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See also: Select and sélect

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Etymology[edit]

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

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select (comparative more select, superlative most select)

  1. Privileged, specially selected.
    Only a select few were allowed into the premiere.
    • Macaulay
      A few select spirits had separated from the crowd, and formed a fit audience round a far greater teacher.
  2. Of high quality; top-notch.
    This is a select cut of beef.

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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.

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