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.

selection of

the selection of a new leader

selection for

He had narrowly missed selection for the team.

selection as

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.

selection from

These drawings represent a selection from a larger exhibition.

3 .

[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.

selection of

a wide selection of shellfish

They only have a limited selection of his books.

⇨ ↑ natural selection

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COLLOCATIONS (for Meaning 1)

■ verbs

▪ make a selection

Students should be able to make a selection from a range of reference materials.

■ adjectives

▪ 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)

■ adjectives

▪ 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’

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