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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Synonyms & Antonyms for selection

Synonyms

bet, choice, chosen, pick

Antonyms

rejectee

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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 pool thus narrowed, the real selection process kicks off: The Bachelorette needs tousled waves, a good attitude, and white teeth. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Cazzie David Should Be the Next Bachelorette: A Proposal," 10 July 2018 President Donald Trump has narrowed down his list of contenders to replace Justice Kennedy to four serious candidates, a source with first-hand knowledge of President Trump’s selection process told NBC News. Julie Moreau /, NBC News, "Trump's 'extreme' Supreme Court shortlist alarms LGBTQ advocates," 9 July 2018 Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch was the 19th overall selection in the NFL Draft in April. Rachel Roberts, idahostatesman, "Hutchison's historic NBA Draft selection 'truly something special'," 21 June 2018 Last year, Jackson was the No. 4 overall pick, while 2017 national player of the year Mason was a second-round selection. Gary Bedore, kansascity, "KU's Graham, Newman, Preston, Svi all could be drafted, but ... 'You never know'," 20 June 2018 Babes born under a water sign — Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces — have a selection of beachy shades ranging from pearlescent seashell hues to oceanic blues. Jodie Layne, Teen Vogue, "Wet n Wild Is Launching a Zodiac Themed Makeup Collection," 13 July 2018 Billboard asked a selection those artists to talk about their experiences in both Australia and the United States. Billboard, "The Down Underdogs: Australian Alternative Artists on Making it Big in America and at Home," 13 July 2018 The drink menu features margaritas, beers and a small selection of wines, as well as sodas including Mexican Coke and Topo Chico. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Former longtime Z'Tejas chef finally opens his own Mexican restaurant in Phoenix," 12 July 2018 Each was given about five minutes and included time for inquiries from the NCAA’s selection committee. Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio delegation seeks a return of the NCAA’s Final Four tournament," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of selection

circa 1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Phrases Related to selection

make a/one's selection

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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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