Definition of selection in English:

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Pronunciation: /sɪˈlɛkʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1The action or fact of carefully choosing someone or something as being the best or most suitable: such men decided the selection of candidates some local Tories objected to his selection
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  • Rules and procedures relating to selection of candidates were implemented and observed fully by members of the Election Task Force of the Green Party.
  • It was a first-class test of analysis, selection and integration which demonstrated a student's ability to think clearly before making a judgment.
  • Standard procedures for candidate selection and nomination often have to be adapted to local conditions.
1.1 [count noun] A number of carefully chosen things: the publication of a selection of his poems
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  • The second surprise comes in the chosen selections.
  • To help our readers get in where they fit in, we've chosen nonfiction selections that look both back to our past, and forward to our future.
  • Fans who turn out for the premiere will be treated to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra playing selections from John Williams' scores for the Star Wars movies.
anthology, assortment, choice, miscellany, medley, pot-pourri, collection, assemblage
1.2 [count noun] A range of things from which a choice may be made: the restaurant offers a wide selection of hot and cold dishes
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  • A wide selection of vegetables ranges from the familiar to the less so.
  • By varying the components of the gel, Mentor is able to produce a wide selection of products ranging from a very soft to a very firm consistency.
  • ‘You need a good selection for a wide range of suitable purposes,’ he said.
1.3 [count noun] A horse or horses tipped as worth bets in a race or meeting: I make Dayflower the selection for the Irish 1000 Guineas
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  • Previously, the selection won a conditions race very easily over three miles at Gowran Park and dropping down four furlongs in trip and going left-handed are in his favour.
  • Distinctive Dream is the selection in the feature race at Ripon, the £10,000 Tote Trifecta Sprint Handicap.
  • With 7 tipsters for 8 races they would regularly average between 7 and 12 winning selections.
1.4 [count noun] Data highlighted on a computer screen for a particular operation: your selection may not contain two different data types
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  • When I return to the main category menu, the previous selection should stay highlighted, making it easier to select the next video profile.
  • As you move your mouse over the drop down menu, each selection is highlighted.
  • Expand the selection 4 pixels and make the selection a work path.
2 Biology A process in which environmental or genetic influences determine which types of organism thrive better than others, regarded as a factor in evolution: there has been more than enough time for selection to generate specific DNA sequences of the required length See also natural selection.
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  • Positive directional selection was detected for most of the internal branches harboring an accelerated rate of evolution.
  • The fixation of weakly selected mutations can be greatly influenced by strong directional selection at linked loci.
  • A positive coefficient indicates that directional selection is acting to increase that trait.
3Australian /NZ historical The action of choosing and acquiring plots of land for small farming on terms favourable to the buyer: blocks ranging in area from 158 to 3,102 acres have been thrown open for selection
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  • More than two-thirds of the region has been subdivided in waves of land selection and subdivision which started in the 1880s.
  • The Hundred of Appila, which had been previously part of Wirrabara Station, was proclaimed in 1871 and opened up for selection in 1872.
  • However, when the selections for the rural lands took place, the reserves were not mentioned.
3.1 [count noun] A plot of land acquired by selection.


Early 17th century: from Latin selectio(n-), from seligere 'select by separating off' (see select).

Words that rhyme with selection

abjection, affection, circumspection, collection, complexion, confection, connection, convection, correction, defection, deflection, dejection, detection, direction, ejection, election, genuflection, imperfection, infection, inflection, injection, inspection, insurrection, interconnection, interjection, intersection, introspection, lection, misdirection, objection, perfection, predilection, projection, protection, refection, reflection, rejection, resurrection, retrospection, section, subjection, transection, vivisection

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