Meaning of SELECTION in English
se ‧ lec ‧ tion S3 W2 AC /səˈlekʃ ə n, sɪˈlekʃ ə n/ BrE AmE noun
[ Word Family: noun : ↑ selection , ↑ selector , ↑ selectivity ; verb : ↑ select ; adverb : ↑ selectively ; adjective : ↑ selective ]
1 . [singular, uncountable] the careful choice of a particular person or thing from a group of similar people or things:
The judges have made their final selection.
the selection of a new leader
He had narrowly missed selection for the team.
Perlman’s selection as the party’s candidate
2 . [countable] something that has been chosen from among a group of things SYN choice :
To order, just write your selections on the form.
These drawings represent a selection from a larger exhibition.
[countable usually singular] a group of things of a particular type, often of things that are for sale SYN range :
There's a big selection to choose from.
a wide selection of shellfish
They only have a limited selection of his books.
⇨ ↑ natural selection
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COLLOCATIONS (for Meaning 1)
▪ make a selection
Students should be able to make a selection from a range of reference materials.
▪ careful selection
Adair emphasises the importance of careful selection of team members.
▪ random selection (=choosing without any reason or order)
the random selection of genes
▪ the final selection
The final selection will be based on local requirements.
■ selection + NOUN
▪ the selection process/procedure
Before the selection process begins, candidates need to be clear about what the job entails.
▪ the selection criteria (=the set of reasons used for choosing something)
What are your selection criteria?
▪ a selection committee (=a group of people responsible for choosing something)
All the exhibitors have been carefully chosen by a very experienced selection committee.
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COLLOCATIONS (for Meaning 3)
▪ a wide/large/big selection
The museum shop offers a wide selection of items.
▪ a good selection
There is a good selection of bars and cafés nearby.
▪ a varied selection
The supermarket has a varied selection of fruit juice drinks especially for children.
▪ a small/limited selection
We also have a small selection of offices for daily hire.
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▪ choice something or someone that has been chosen:
Maria was very pleased with her choice.
| first/second/third choice (=the thing you wanted most, the thing you wanted most after that etc) :
Greece was our first choice for a vacation, but all the flights were full.
| somebody’s choice of :
I don’t like his choice of friends.
▪ selection a small group of the best things that have been chosen from a larger group: selection of :
She showed me a selection of her drawings.
a selection of songs from ‘West Side Story’
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. Longman - Словарь современного английского языка. 2012