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
Recent Examples on the Web Yet, there wasn’t much of a debate for the Playoff selection committee regarding that No. 1 spot. Matt Zenitz | Mzenitz@al.com, al, "Why Alabama was clear No. 1 for CFP selection committee," 25 Nov. 2020 And, because of that, the initial College Football Playoff selection committee should have had BYU higher up in its initial rankings. Norma Gonzalez, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Eye on the Y: BYU deserved better from the CFP selection committee," 25 Nov. 2020 But on Tuesday night, the College Football Playoff’s selection committee released its first rankings of the season. Alan Blinder, New York Times, "College Football Changes Thanksgiving Traditions Amid Pandemic," 25 Nov. 2020 The selection committee typically takes into account injuries when examining a bubble team’s at-large bid profile. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Top 10 storylines for the 2020-21 men's college basketball season," 25 Nov. 2020 The 25 semifinalists will be reduced to 15 before the Hall of Fame selection committee chooses between four and eight finalists to be enshrined in 2021. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Former Browns linebacker Clay Matthews a Pro Football Hall of Fame semifinalist for the third straight year," 24 Nov. 2020 Candidates will be trimmed to 15 modern-day finalists who will be considered for entry by the selection committee during Super Bowl week in February. Barry Wilner, Star Tribune, "Manning, Woodson, Megatron are Hall of Fame semifinalists," 24 Nov. 2020 The College Football Playoff selection committee unveiled its first rankings of the season Tuesday night.. Scott Bell, Dallas News, "College Football Playoff rankings: Texas A&M sits at No. 5 in initial poll," 24 Nov. 2020 The candidates will be trimmed to 15 modern-day finalists who will be considered for entry by the selection committee during Super Bowl week in February. Staff And Wires, sun-sentinel.com, "Former Miami Dolphins standout Zach Thomas among 2021 Hall of Fame semifinalists," 24 Nov. 2020

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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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29 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Selection.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/selection. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for selection

selection

noun
How to pronounce selection (audio)

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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