Adjective "select" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Carefully choose as being the best or most suitable.
  1. with object and infinitive 'he has been selected to take part'
  2. 'Of those who agreed, the post office then selected which branches to close.'
  3. 'Studies found that news stories involving national security are more likely to be selected by editors.'
  4. 'Respondents are also informed as to how and why they were selected to participate.'
  5. 'The recipient is selected by a committee of past award recipients.'
  6. 'Panelists are carefully selected to participate in the sensory evaluations.'
  7. 'Williams was originally selected in the second round of the 1998 NBA Draft by Chicago.'
  8. 'Winners were selected on the basis of statistics provided by the Billboard Information Group.'
  9. 'Political parties usually have one powerful leader who carefully selects candidates from different socio-economic, regional, and ethnic backgrounds.'
  10. 'Texts are carefully selected to represent topics that are relevant to the child's world.'
  11. 'Young teachers felt proud to be appointed and we could select from the best available.'
  12. 'the commonest phenotype in a population can be selected against'
  13. 'For example, in the evolution of selfing and outcrossing in plants, inbreeding initially selects against selfing lineages by lowering mean fitness.'
  14. 'Changes that impair performance of the proper function sufficiently to have fitness consequences for the organism will be selected against.'
  15. 'you can move and copy text by selecting it and then holding down the mouse button'
  16. 'Now users can just select the type tool and click to insert text directly on the canvas.'
  17. 'After you select the database, a screen similar to the one shown in Figure 2 appears.'
  18. 'The first time you start, you should get a dialog box that lets you select the modem to use.'
  19. 'At the next screen you can select the VPN option and then give it a meaningful name at the screen after that.'
  20. 'When I try to click these files, a window appears and asks me to select the appropriate file extension.'
  21. 'Then you select the region between the labels by double-clicking on the time bar.'
  22. 'When you press down the wheel, the above menu will appear, and you can scroll to select the option you desire.'


(of a group of people or things) carefully chosen from a larger number as being the best or most valuable.
  1. 'I definitely have a select few people I spend a lot of time with but no boyfriend.'
  2. 'Karate is no longer just a pastime for a select few, as young and old discover the discipline of martial arts.'
  3. 'The GEM mortgage is only available through a select group of independent mortgage brokers.'
  4. 'We're loyal to our favorite stars through thick and thin, but a select few never go through the thick period.'
  5. 'There are numerous statistical tables, detailed references and a select bibliography.'
  6. 'However, this progress has been made for only a select group of species.'
  7. 'Some of Australia's most successful young leaders apply for the fellowship, but only a select few are accepted.'
  8. 'Then again, it would benefit the union if every team, not just a select few, could bid for players.'
  9. 'Only a select few champions are safe from the prospect of being traded.'
  10. 'Currently, it is a very select few who make the news, not in terms of being featured, but in terms of making the decision of what is news and what is not.'
  11. 'the opera was seen by a small and highly select audience'
  12. 'However, she warned that removing money from a select group of wealthy schools was unlikely to solve the problem.'
  13. 'Does democracy have to be an elite club in which only a few select people can participate?'


1. to choose in preference to another or others; pick out. verb (used without object)

2. to make a choice; pick. adjective

3. chosen in preference to another or others; selected.Synonyms: preferred.

4. choice; of special value or excellence.

5. careful or fastidious in selecting; discriminating.

6. carefully or fastidiously chosen; exclusive: a select group of friends.

More examples(as adjective)

"spies can be select for races."

"selections can be select for kinds."

"people can be select in times."

"people can be select from squads."

"people can be select for races."

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