Etymology
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select (adj.)

1560s, "chosen on account of special excellence or fitness," from Latin selectus, past participle of seligere "choose out, single out, select; separate, cull," from se- "apart" (see se-) + legere "to gather, select" (from PIE root *leg- (1) "to collect, gather").

"Carefully picked," hence "choice, of special excellence" (by 1580s). Related: Selectly; selectness. The noun meaning "a selected person or thing, that which is choice" is recorded from c. 1600.

select (v.)

"to single out one or more from a number of things of the same kind, choose in preference to another or others," 1560s, from select (adj.) or from Latin selectus. Related: Selected; selecting.

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Definitions of select
1
select (adj.)
selected or chosen for special qualifications;
Synonyms: blue-ribbon
select (adj.)
of superior grade;
select peaches
Synonyms: choice / prime / prize / quality
2
select (v.)
pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives;
She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her
Synonyms: choose / take / pick out
From wordnet.princeton.edu