American English

Definition of selection noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] the process of choosing someone or something from a group of people or things, usually according to a system The final team selection will be made tomorrow. the random selection of numbers selection criteria the selection process
  2. 2[countable] a number of people or things that have been chosen from a larger group A selection of readers' comments is published below. The orchestra played selections from Hollywood musicals. Thesauruschoicefavorite preference selection pickThese are all words for a person or thing that is chosen, or that is liked more than others.choice a person or thing that is chosen:She's the best choice for the job.favorite a person or thing that you like more than the others of the same type:Which one's your favorite?preference a thing that is liked better or best:Would you like Italian or Chinese? I don't have a preference.favorite or preference?Your favorites are the things you like best, and that you have, do, listen to, etc. often; your preferences are the things that you would rather have or do if you have a choice.selection a number of people or things that have been chosen from a larger group:A selection of readers' comments are published below.pick (somewhat informal) a person or thing that is chosen:Who's your pick for best actress this year?Patterns somebody's choice/favorite/pick for something somebody's choice/selection/pick as something an obvious choice/favorite/preference/selection a(n) excellent/good/popular/fine choice/selection
  3. 3[countable] a collection of things from which something can be chosen synonym choice The showroom has a wide selection of kitchens. see also natural selection
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: selection