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

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 To study the affects of the chemical among humans, researchers had a random selection of 127 participants smell HEX, and the remaining participants smelled a placebo chemical. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 23 Nov. 2021 Here, see our selection of gift suggestions from Ulta, at prices ranging from $14 to $199. Allure Editors, Allure, 23 Nov. 2021 Alexa Lanza, the market director of Interview magazine, often uses Ssense as a research tool because of its vast selection of products and visual presentation. New York Times, 23 Nov. 2021 Campbell said circumstances have impacted his play selection. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 23 Nov. 2021 Ohtani smiled as his landmark selection was announced by Hall of Famer Frank Thomas. Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2021 This holiday shopping season, Amazon launched its widest selection of gift guides yet. Isabel Garcia, PEOPLE.com, 19 Nov. 2021 Her selection came as a result of a partisan feud on the Civil Rights commission following Trump's appointment of two new members last year, making the commission split 4-4 between Democrats and a Republicans, commission members told CNN. Jeremy Herb, CNN, 18 Nov. 2021 The start to Suggs’ NBA tenure with the Orlando Magic has left much to be desired, mixed with his high draft selection and the players picked before and after him getting off to better starts. Austin David, orlandosentinel.com, 13 Nov. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/selection. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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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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