verb (used with object)
to choose in preference to another or others; pick out.
verb (used without object)
to make a choice; pick.
chosen in preference to another or others; selected. preferred.
choice; of special value or excellence.
careful or fastidious in selecting; discriminating.
carefully or fastidiously chosen; exclusive: a select group of friends.

1555–65; < Latin sēlēctus (past participle of sēligere to gather apart), equivalent to sē- se- + leg(ere) to gather, choose + -tus past participle suffix

selectable, adjective
selectability, noun
selectly, adverb
selectness, noun
selector, noun
nonselected, adjective
reselect, verb (used with object)
unselect, adjective
unselected, adjective
well-selected, adjective

1. See choose. Unabridged
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select (sɪˈlɛkt)
1.  to choose (someone or something) in preference to another or others
2.  Also: selected chosen in preference to another or others
3.  of particular quality or excellence
4.  limited as to membership or entry: a select gathering
5.  careful in making a choice
[C16: from Latin sēligere to sort, from sē- apart + legere to choose]

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Word Origin & History

1565, from L. selectus, pp. of seligere "choose out, select," from se- "apart" (see secret) + legere "to gather, select" (see lecture). The verb is attested from 1567. The noun meaning "a selected person or thing" is recorded from 1610. Selection
is attested from 1646; applied to actions of breeders (first attested 1837), hence use by Darwin (1857). Selective is first recorded 1625; selective service is from 1917, Amer.Eng. New England selectman first recorded 1646.
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Example sentences
If your next move was going to be to archive those messages, perhaps in a
  folder, then you'll have to select them again.
Each year our economics editor conducts an informal poll of a select group who
  meet for drinks after dinner.
Similarly, evolution did not select for national patriotism.
Each year, she edits thousands of images to select the visuals that illustrate
  the magazine.
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