selection

noun
se·​lec·​tion | \ sə-ˈlek-shən How to pronounce selection (audio) \

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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The book is the featured selection of SJSU’s Campus Reading Program this year, and Vasquez will talk about his past experiences as well as his time in the U.S. military and his life as an engineer in Texas. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, "Mission College dedicates fire tower to Santa Clara family," 14 Sep. 2019 Renowned mixologist Charles Joly and his team crafted a selection of bespoke Ketel One cocktails. Los Angeles Times, "Craft cocktails. Lobster. ‘1,000-Calorie Gratin.’ Opulence will reign at Emmys’ Governors Ball," 13 Sep. 2019 Off-White will partner with the internationally renowned brand Undercover to provide a selection of t-shirts, hoodies, zip-ups, athletic shorts, denim, and a waist bag. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Off-White x Undercover Are Dropping A Capsule Collection This Weekend," 12 Sep. 2019 The Day of the Dead festival will feature a scrumptious selection of food and a lively mercado with Día de los Muertos items, arts and crafts and jewelry. Alison Stanton, azcentral, "The best fall festivals around Phoenix in 2019: Oktoberfest, Day of the Dead, art and more," 12 Sep. 2019 Reuters this week also published a selection of emails in which Falwell used insulting or disparaging language to describe Liberty University students, staff, and parents to other administrators. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Forwarding email is a crime, Jerry Falwell Jr. says after leaks to media," 12 Sep. 2019 There will be a home-baked goods table, including a large selection of delicious desserts and tea breads. courant.com, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 11 Sep. 2019 Landen Beckner pours a cup of tea at Butterfly Herbs, which has the city’s largest selection of loose-leaf tea blends. Dina Mishev, Washington Post, "Missoula," 11 Sep. 2019 Flanagan said the restaurant will also feature a selection of premier wines and custom cocktails from a professional mixologist to accompany the sensory-engaging menu. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Board and You launching New Albany shop, complete with its Insta-famous charcuterie boards," 11 Sep. 2019

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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 How to pronounce selection (audio) \

Kids Definition of selection

1 : the act or process of choosing
2 : something that is chosen

selection

noun
se·​lec·​tion | \ sə-ˈlek-shən How to pronounce selection (audio) \

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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