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select adj
1 of superior grade; "choice wines"; "prime beef"; "prize carnations"; "quality paper"; "select peaches" [syn: choice, prime(a), prize, quality]
2 selected or chosen for special qualifications; "the blue-ribbon event of the season" [syn: blue-ribbon(a)] v : pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives; "Take any one of these cards"; "Choose a good husband for your daughter"; "She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her" [syn: choose, take, pick out]

User Contributed Dictionary



From etyl la selectus, from etyl la seligo, from se- + lego.



  1. Privileged, specially selected.
    Only a select few were allowed to the premiere.
  2. Of high quality; top-notch.
    This is a select cut of beef.


  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.''


Related terms


to choose one or more elements from a set

Extensive Definition

Select may refer to:

See also

select in Portuguese: Select
select in Slovak: Select
select in Vietnamese: Select

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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