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Definition of select verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they select
    he / she / it selects
    past simple selected
    -ing form selecting
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  1. 1(formal) to choose someone or something from a group of people or things, usually according to a system select somebody/something for something He hasn't been selected for the team. All our hotels have been carefully selected for the excellent value they provide. select somebody/something as something She was selected as the state senate candidate from San Diego. select somebody/something a randomly selected sample of 23 schools selected poems of T.S. Eliot This model is available at selected stores only. She selected an apple from the fruit bowl. It is important to select a software package that suits your requirements. select somebody/something to do something Six theater companies have been selected to take part in this year's festival. select what, which, etc… Select what you want from the options available. Thesauruschooseselect pick decide opt go for somethingThese words all mean to decide which thing or person you want out of the ones that are available.choose to decide which thing or person you want out of the ones that are available:I can't decide—you [often passive] (formal) to choose a person or thing, usually carefully, from a group of people or things:He was selected for the team. a randomly selected sample of 23 schoolspick (somewhat informal) to choose a person or thing from a group of people or things:Pick a number between one and ten.choose, select, or pick?Choose is the most general of these words and the only one that can be used without an object. When you select something, you choose it carefully, unless you actually say that it is selected randomly/at random. Pick is a more informal word and often a less careful action, used especially when the choice being made is not very important.decide to choose between two or more possibilities:We're still trying to decide on a movie.opt to choose to take or not to take a particular course of action:After graduating, she opted for a career in music. After a lot of thought, I opted against buying a motorcycle.go for something (somewhat informal) to choose something:I think I'll go for the fruit salad.Patterns to choose/pick/decide between A and/or B to choose/select/pick A from B to opt/go for somebody/something to choose/decide/opt to do something to choose/select/pick somebody/something carefully/at random randomly chosen/selected/picked
  2. 2select something (computing) to mark something on a computer screen; to choose something, especially from a menu Select the text you want to format by holding down the left button on your mouse. Select “New Mail” from the “Send” menu.
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