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[si-lekt] /sɪˈlɛkt/
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.
Synonyms: preferred.
choice; of special value or excellence.
careful or fastidious in selecting; discriminating.
carefully or fastidiously chosen; exclusive:
a select group of friends.
Origin of select
1555-65; < Latin sēlēctus (past participle of sēligere to gather apart), equivalent to sē- se- + leg(ere) to gather, choose + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
selectable, adjective
selectability, noun
selectly, adverb
selectness, noun
selector, noun
nonselected, adjective
reselect, verb (used with object)
unselect, adjective
unselected, adjective
well-selected, adjective
Synonym Study
1. See choose. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for selected
  • Noncompliance will result in disqualification and an alternate winner being selected.
  • Turf varieties are selected for density and greener color.
  • By attending a nursery event, you may be selected to participate in a model design program.
  • Cozy furnishings and thoughtfully selected accessories make an outdoor space as inviting as an indoor room.
  • Walk or drive your neighborhood and see if any of the plants you've selected are doing well in other gardens.
  • Au will be joined by a violinist and two cellists to present selected works.
  • selected for flavor rather than hardiness, they are the crown jewels of summer.
  • They selected concrete counters, a farmhouse-style sink, and white wood cabinets.
  • Made from selected fatty acids, as are insecticidal soaps.
  • Plants were selected to provide food for bees year-round.
British Dictionary definitions for selected


to choose (someone or something) in preference to another or others
Also selected. chosen in preference to another or others
of particular quality or excellence
limited as to membership or entry: a select gathering
careful in making a choice
Derived Forms
selectly, adverb
selectness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin sēligere to sort, from sē- apart + legere to choose
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Word Origin and History for selected



1560s, from Latin selectus, past participle of seligere "choose out, single out, select; separate, cull," from se- "apart" (see secret (n.)) + legere "to gather, select" (see lecture (n.)). The noun meaning "a selected person or thing, that which is choice" is recorded from c.1600. New England selectman first recorded 1640s.


1560s, from select (adj.) or from Latin selectus. Related: Selected; selecting.

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