deselect

verb

de·​se·​lect ˌdē-sə-ˈlekt How to pronounce deselect (audio)
deselected; deselecting; deselects

transitive verb

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: to cause (something previously selected) to no longer be selected in a software interface
deselect the songs you don't want to hear

Examples of deselect in a Sentence

If you don't want the computer program to automatically correct your spelling, you will have to deselect that option. he'll deselect any plan that doesn't put him in total control
Recent Examples on the Web To turn off a specific filter, tap Filtered by again, then deselect it. Kurt Knutsson, Fox News, 22 Nov. 2023 Click Edit and deselect the checkbox. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 14 Nov. 2020 On the next page that appears, deselect the Autoplay previews while browsing on all devices option. Chris Smith, BGR, 13 Nov. 2022 Occasionally, pathfinding might break and force us to deselect the entire party, select an individual character, and move them (after which pathfinding was fine again). Jim Salter, Ars Technica, 26 Aug. 2020 Churchill himself was deselected in 1904 in an argument over free trade. Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times, 4 Sep. 2019 Make sure to knock Frontier and Spirit out of the running by deselecting them on either of the search engines, as their service and extra fees will make the fare and flight too much hassle for the money. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 Mar. 2018 The lowest fares will be highlighted in green: Just make sure to deselect Frontier and Spirit, as their flights come with extra fees. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 May 2018 But with Labour nudging ahead of the Tories in opinion polls, there is no appetite for a coup, and deselecting troublesome MPs is easier said than done. The Economist, 1 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of deselect was in 1965

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Cite this Entry

“Deselect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deselect. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

deselect

verb
de·​se·​lect ˌdē-sə-ˈlekt How to pronounce deselect (audio)
1
2
: to cause (something previously selected) to no longer be selected in a software interface
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