Very often we need to speak generically about clicking or tapping an item, but there seems to be a lack of vocabulary in English for this. We could just say "click or tap" every time, but that is just clumsy.
Select is often used as a generic term, but it also has a different meaning (as in select text with the cursor) so could cause some confusion.
So what word can be used to refer to "clicking or tapping" an item?
I regularly work on web apps that run on a browser, so they are used on mobile (touch-based) and PCs. I've used the term 'click' in the past as a generic term, but on user testing it has shown to cause some confusion for users. Select has been the clearest, but I am loathe to use that term as it has another meaning.