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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Johnson was a 2019 All-ACC First-Team selection that averaged 15.0 points and 5.3 rebounds during his time in Chapel Hill. Tribune News Service, orlandosentinel.com, "NBA draft profile: Magic target Cameron Johnson of North Carolina," 10 June 2019 Junker was a 10th-round selection of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame will not renew Mik Aoki's contract after 9 seasons as baseball coach," 8 June 2019 There really is quite a selection of plants that will work in your situation: sweet woodruff, hostas, ferns, bleeding heart, rhododendron, hydrangea, wild geranium, violets, trillium, hardy cyclamen. oregonlive.com, "Tips for success when planting under conifer and maple trees? Ask an expert," 8 June 2019 The Sailors’ point guard is a repeat first-team Dream Team selection. Matt Szabo, latimes.com, "Daily Pilot Boys' Basketball Dream Team: Jakob Alamudun grew into top talent for Marina," 8 June 2019 Now measuring at 6-foot-6 and 205 pounds, Kelly was the 65th overall selection — a jump of 316 draft picks in only one year. Rich Mayor, chicagotribune.com, "Maine East grad Antoine Kelly fulfills dream, signs with Milwaukee Brewers," 8 June 2019 In addition to being a blooming machine, the Gold Star esperanza is a top xeriscape selection and is not eaten by deer in most situations. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "The top hot-weather plants for color in the San Antonio garden," 7 June 2019 All in all, this is a particularly important selection for the Thunder. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Biggest Needs for All 30 Teams in the 2019 NBA Draft," 6 June 2019 Susan Orlean’s love letter to literacy is also the first selection of the Los Angeles Times Book Club. Maria L. La Ganga, www.latimes.com, "What's L.A. reading? Our habits are as diverse as the city itself," 6 June 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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