selection

noun
se·​lec·​tion | \sə-ˈlek-shən \

Definition of selection 

1 : the act or process of selecting : the state of being selected

2 : one that is selected : choice also : a collection of selected things

3 : a natural or artificial process that results or tends to result in the survival and propagation of some individuals or organisms but not of others with the result that the inherited traits of the survivors are perpetuated — compare darwinism, natural selection

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Choose the Right Synonym for selection

choice, option, alternative, preference, selection, election mean the act or opportunity of choosing or the thing chosen. choice suggests the opportunity or privilege of choosing freely. freedom of choice option implies a power to choose that is specifically granted or guaranteed. the option of paying now or later alternative implies a need to choose one and reject another possibility. equally attractive alternatives preference suggests a choice guided by one's judgment or predilections. a preference for cool weather selection implies a range of choice. a varied selection of furniture election implies an end or purpose which requires exercise of judgment. doing a tax return forces certain elections on you

Examples of selection in a Sentence

The selection of the best poem was difficult. his selection of a running mate was a long, tedious affair

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Brooklinen: Take 10 percent off $250, 15 percent off $350, and 20 percent off $450 across the brand’s selection of comforters, sheets, pillows, and more through 11/26. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Best Cyber Monday deals on furniture, bedding, and more," 24 Nov. 2018 Also shop up to 40% off a large designer selection. Glamour, "All The Black Friday Fashion Deals You Need to Know," 22 Nov. 2018 Wilkinson, whose selection to the panel was agreed upon by both the city and the union, ultimately decided the matter. Lewis Kamb, The Seattle Times, "Arbitrator reinstates Seattle police officer fired in 2016 for punching intoxicated handcuffed woman," 21 Nov. 2018 Image In Senate races, Mr. Trump’s judicial selection could amount to a test of fealty for Democratic lawmakers in mainly conservative states like Indiana, where control of the chamber is likely to be decided. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "For Midterms, Supreme Court Political Drama Plays to Its Audience," 11 July 2018 The full three-team AP All-America selections will be unveiled in December. Ralph D. Russo, The Seattle Times, "AP All-America Watch: Sun Devils star WR; Alabama DT," 6 Nov. 2018 The companies say the meal offerings will be refreshed every six weeks, with four selections on offer at any given time. Natt Garun, The Verge, "Blue Apron now sells its meal kits on Jet.com as competition grows," 29 Oct. 2018 Just look at The Home Depot's new holly jolly selection of indoor and outdoor Christmas decorations. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Here's Your First Look at The Home Depot's Best New Christmas Decorations," 14 Oct. 2018 Governor selections are key to ensuring that investments go toward distressed areas. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Opportunity zones: vital community development tool or tax windfall for the rich?," 3 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of selection

circa 1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of selection was circa 1623

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selection

noun

English Language Learners Definition of selection

: the act of choosing something or someone from a group

: someone or something that is chosen from a group

: a collection of things chosen from a group of similar things

selection

noun
se·​lec·​tion | \sə-ˈlek-shən \

Kids Definition of selection

1 : the act or process of choosing

2 : something that is chosen

selection

noun
se·​lec·​tion | \sə-ˈlek-shən \

Medical Definition of selection 

: a natural or artificial process that results or tends to result in the survival and propagation of some individuals or organisms but not of others with the result that the inherited traits of the survivors are perpetuated — compare darwinism, natural selection

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