Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
   
Display options
Show syllables
Show Lookup History
Double-Click Lookup
  Show Spanish support
  Show Word Combinations
 
Pronunciation
Wordsmyth
  Phonics
  IPA
 
Entry formats
Standard
  Classic
 
Lookup History
select

se·lect

select

 
 
pronunciation:
s lekt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, adjective
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: selected, selecting, selects
definition: to choose as a preference from among alternatives; pick.
It can be difficult to select a gift for one's boss.She carefully selected her clothes for the interview.The school board selected her as the new principal.He was proud that the committee selected him to receive this prestigious award.
synonyms:
choose, opt for, pick
similar words:
cast, cull, favor, handpick, pick out, prefer, settle on, single out
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: selected in preference to others.
Only select students are invited to attend the professor's gatherings.
synonyms:
chosen, preferred
similar words:
choice, elite, favorite
definition 2: of special value; excellent.
He drinks only the most select wines.His parents want him to attend one of the select eastern schools.
synonyms:
excellent, exceptional
similar words:
bully, choice, elegant, fine, first-class, first-rate, four-star, prime, quality, special, superb, superior, superlative, tiptop, topnotch
definition 3: particular; exclusive.
Only a select group of people were told about the decision.
synonyms:
exclusive
similar words:
closed, elite, particular, restricted, restrictive, special, specific
derivations: selectness (n.), selector (n.)
Word Parts
The word select contains the following parts:
se- Latin prefix that means away, aside, apart
leg2, lect1, lig Latin root that means gather; choose; read