carefully choose as being the best or most suitable:children must select their GCSE subjects [with object and infinitive]:he has been selected to take part [no object]:you can select from a range of quality products
[no object] (select for/against) Biology (in terms of evolution) determine whether (a characteristic or organism) will survive:the commonest phenotype in a population can be selected against
use a mouse or keystrokes to mark (something) on a computer screen for a particular operation:you can move and copy text by selecting it and then holding down the mouse button
(of a group of people or things) carefully chosen from a larger number as being the best or most valuable:he joined his select team of young Intelligence operatives
(of a place or group of people) only used by or consisting of a wealthy or sophisticated elite; exclusive:the opera was seen by a small and highly select audience
mid 16th century: from Latin select- 'chosen', from the verb seligere, from se- 'apart' + legere 'choose'