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[si-lekt] /sɪˈlɛkt/
verb (used with object)
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.
Origin
1555-1565
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for selectly

select

/sɪˈlɛkt/
verb
1.
to choose (someone or something) in preference to another or others
adjective
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
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 selectly

select

adj.

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.

v.

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

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