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 goal is for renting to be stress-free and for parents to involve their kids in the selection process. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Rent the Runway Launches Kids—and My Two Daughters Took It for a Test Drive," 8 Apr. 2019 He was rewarded with his first All-Star selection, chosen by Commissioner Adam Silver as the replacement for injured Indiana guard Victor Oladipo. Brian Mahoney, The Seattle Times, "Russell on the rise in Brooklyn and seeking first postseason," 19 Feb. 2019 Amazon Prime customers will have their own selection of new and classic titles, including the Timothée Chalamet-starring Beautiful Boy, coming just in time for awards season. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Everything coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Now in January," 30 Dec. 2018 Governors made their selections in the spring, and there are roughly 8,700 census tracts now designed as opportunity zones. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Opportunity zones: vital community development tool or tax windfall for the rich?," 3 Oct. 2018 Tap the circle and then the share icon to send it to your friends, who will be able to log their selection via thumbs-up, thumbs-down voting. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Google really wants you to use Maps and search to plan your next outing," 28 Sep. 2018 This week, Witherspoon took to her Instagram account to share the news of her selection, posting a photo with her son reading the book. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "Reese Witherspoon's September Book Club Pick Is "Painfully Beautiful"," 12 Sep. 2018 While Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber were being interviewed Wednesday about their selection for the Home Run Derby, Kris Bryant sported a grin after returning to the Cubs lineup for the first time in 2½ weeks. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Addison Russell on the rebound after meeting with Chili Davis: .298 with 15 RBIs in 14 games," 13 July 2018 Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum — three dads whose kids were bored with their selection of summertime activities — were credited with inventing the sport. Bethany Ao, Philly.com, "How to play pickleball," 12 July 2018

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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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