Definition of selection noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//sɪˈlekʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɪˈlekʃn//
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  1. 1  [uncountable] the process of choosing somebody/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. Synonymschoicefavourite 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 obvious choice for the job.favourite/​favorite a person or thing that you like more than the others of the same type:Which one’s your favourite?preference a thing that is liked better or best:Tastes and preferences vary from individual to individual.favourite or preference?Your favourites 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 can choose.selection a number of people or things that have been chosen from a larger group:A selection of reader’s comments are published below.pick (rather informal) a person or thing that is chosen:She was his pick for best actress.Patterns somebody’s choice/​favourite/​pick for something somebody’s choice/​selection/​pick as something an obvious choice/​favourite/​selection a(n) excellent/​good/​popular/​fine choice/​selection
  3. 3  [countable] a collection of things from which something can be chosen synonym choice, range The showroom has a wide selection of kitchens.
  4. see also natural selection
    Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Latin selectio(n-), from seligere ‘select by separating off’, from se- ‘apart’ + legere ‘choose’.Extra examples Natural selection is a key element of Darwin’s theory of evolution. Selection is based on standards of quality. She hopes to win selection for the Olympic 800 metres team. She played a selection of waltzes. She took a long time to make her selection. The catalogue includes a selection of his poetry. The final selection of winners will be announced at the end of the event. The restaurant offers a wide selection of cocktails. The wine selection isn’t bad. Their website features a large selection of photographs. These results may have been caused by selection bias. We interviewed a random selection of teenagers. We offer a broad selection of products. You’ll find a good selection of paints at this store. a selection of hits from well-known musicals evolutionary selection pressures his selection as candidate for the Green Party the careful selection of building materials A selection of readers’ comments are published below. The game is based on the random selection of numbers. What are their selection criteria? You have to go through a tough selection process.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: selection