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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 well-selected
Historical Examples
  • Tung Fel came forward to receive the well-selected compliments of all who had witnessed the entertainment.

    The Wallet of Kai Lung Ernest Bramah
  • One feels it to be a monument to the virtue of the well-selected bottle.

  • I pointed out to Van Beek that I should like to possess this small but well-selected library.

    Major Frank A. L. G. Bosboom-Toussaint
  • well-selected and well-bred Ayrshires make a splendid dairy herd.

    Hints on Dairying T. D. Curtis
  • A good book is a guide to the reader, and a well-selected library will be a guide to many.

  • The mine exploded at a well-selected spot and the losses must be heavy.

    A Blue Devil of France G. P. Capart
  • His pecuniary thrift now enabled him to purchase what was called "a very extensive and well-selected library."

    Martin Van Buren Edward M. Shepard
  • The book-cases were filled with well-selected volumes, handsomely bound.

    Siam George B. Bacon
  • His enemies prevented him from enjoying a well-selected quasi-sinecure, which both Palmerston and Aberdeen admitted to be his due.

  • These books draw upon the world's best literature, and present well-selected nature material and stories of industry.

    Conservation Reader Harold W. Fairbanks
British Dictionary definitions for well-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 well-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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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