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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Colin McCabe, Hand, RB, Senior: A preseason Fab 15 selection, McCabe rushed for 328 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-14 win over Notre Dame-West Haven. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "High school football: Southington’s Kohl, Maloney’s Tarver lead Fab 15 with 4 TD rushing performances," 17 Sep. 2019 Each of our previous four All-Decade selections were top-five picks in their respective drafts. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "SI's NBA All-Decade Team: Second Team," 17 Sep. 2019 The addition of the Steelers' first-round selection gives the Dolphins three for the 2020 draft. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Miami Dolphins trade Minkah Fitzpatrick," 17 Sep. 2019 One intriguing name: Washington’s Trent Williams, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection at left tackle. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "49ers will scan market for left tackles in wake of Joe Staley’s injury," 16 Sep. 2019 His presence provided stability on a defense that graduated three all-state selections and two others who earned all-Metro honors. Rene Ferran For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "‘Just a freak injury.’ Jesuit star and top recruit Andy Alfieri done for 2019 season (most likely)," 16 Sep. 2019 Injury situation: Michigan is missing key players on offense in receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones, who led the team in receptions and receiving touchdowns in 2018, and left tackle Jon Runyan Jr., a first team All-Big Ten selection. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football opens Big Ten play at Wisconsin: Here's what we're watching," 16 Sep. 2019 Art selections curated in partnership with Public Art St. Paul and Minnesota Museum of American Art. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "Literary calendar: Week of Sept. 15," 15 Sep. 2019 An All-Big 12 selection last season for the Longhorns, Omenihu recorded 9½ sacks and 18 tackles for loss in his final season in Austin. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans rookie Charles Omenihu notches sack in first NFL game," 15 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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