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

Definition of deselect

transitive verb

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

Keep scrolling for more

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 Churchill himself was deselected in 1904 in an argument over free trade. Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times, "Fighting Back Tears, Winston Churchill’s Grandson Exits Politics and Chides Boris Johnson," 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, "Flight Deal: Mainland U.S. to Puerto Rico from $175 Round-Trip," 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, "Flight Deal: U.S. to San Juan, Puerto Rico from $195 Round-Trip," 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, "Master of (almost) all he surveysThe battle of ideas within the Labour Party," 1 Mar. 2018 The group has manpower, which some fear could be used to deselect troublesome MPs on the party’s right. The Economist, "Momentum, Labour’s rebel group, is becoming its ruling class," 30 Sep. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'deselect.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of deselect

1965, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about deselect

Time Traveler for deselect

Time Traveler

The first known use of deselect was in 1965

See more words from the same year

Statistics for deselect

Cite this Entry

“Deselect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for deselect


How to pronounce deselect (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of deselect

computers : to remove (something) from a list of choices especially by clicking with a computer mouse
British, politics : to choose not to have (a current member of Parliament) as a candidate again at the next election

More from Merriam-Webster on deselect

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for deselect

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with deselect

Comments on deselect

What made you want to look up deselect? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A More Exception(al) Quiz

  • hot dog  hot dog  hot dog  hot dog cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!