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v. se·lect·ed, se·lect·ing, se·lects
To take as a choice from among several; pick out: We selected the ripest pears at the orchard. The winning ticket was selected at random.
To make a choice or selection: The menu offered numerous dishes to select from.
1. Singled out in preference; chosen: a select few.
2. Of special quality or value; choice: select peaches.
3. Of or relating to the USDA grade of beef that has less marbling than choice or prime cuts.
4. Careful or refined in making selections; discriminating.
1. One that is chosen in preference to others or because of special value.
2. (used with a pl. verb) Chosen or preferred items or people considered as a group. Often used with the.

[Latin sēligere, sēlēct- : sē-, apart; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots + legere, to choose; see leg- in Indo-European roots.]

se·lec′ta·ble adj.
se·lect′ness n.
se·lec′tor n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.selected - chosen in preference to another
unselected - not selected
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He thought it fine that he should be thus selected as the favorite of the richest and most at- tractive girl in town.
Fuchs selected boards from a pile of planks grandfather had hauled out from town in the fall to make a new floor for the oats-bin.
Near its southern termination, it received the contributions of another lake, whose waters were so limpid as to have been exclusively selected by the Jesuit missionaries to perform the typical purification of baptism, and to obtain for it the title of lake "du Saint Sacrement.
No, it should not be said that he, the selected escort of the elite of Devil's Ford, had to fill himself up with whiskey before they started.
It was held to be the best possible measure for the young clergyman's welfare; unless, indeed, as often urged by such as felt authorised to do so, he had selected some one of the many blooming damsels, spiritually devoted to him, to become his devoted wife.
I repeatedly sat up till I didn't know when; I selected moments when my roommate unmistakably slept, and, stealing out, took noiseless turns in the passage and even pushed as far as to where I had last met Quint.
first of all was queequeg, whom Starbuck, the chief mate, had selected for his squire.
I was selected for the journey, and at ten o'clock we started, in a light, high-wheeled gig, which ran so easily that after the four-wheeled cab it seemed like nothing.
He forthwith adopts one of the candidates thus selected as the only available one, thus proving that he is himself available for any purposes of the demagogue.
Then we would make up the rest of the standing army out of commonplace materi- als, and officer it with nobodies, as was proper -- nobodies selected on a basis of mere efficiency -- and we would make this regiment toe the line, allow it no aristocratic freedom from restraint, and force it to do all the work and persistent hammering, to the end that whenever the King's Own was tired and wanted to go off for a change and rummage around amongst ogres and have a good time, it could go without uneasiness, knowing that matters were in safe hands behind it, and business going to be continued at the old stand, same as usual.
With the native sound judgment of the father of a heroine of romance, the von Berlichingen of that day shut his daughter up in his donjon keep, or his oubliette, or his culverin, or some such place, and resolved that she should stay there until she selected a husband from among her rich and noble lovers.
She was so overcome by the splendor of his achieve- ment that she took him into the closet and selected a choice apple and delivered it to him, along with an improving lecture upon the added value and flavor a treat took to itself when it came without sin through virtuous effort.

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