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  • 1The action or fact of carefully choosing someone or something as being the best or most suitable.

    ‘such men decided the selection of candidates’
    • ‘they objected to his selection’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The evidence further suggests that careful selection of the potential candidates is crucial.’
    • ‘Much of the progress in crop improvement over the past century is a direct result of careful site selection for testing.’
    • ‘It is different this year in that a lot of team selection is fact.’
    • ‘In a genuine academic debate over selection of facts and their interpretation, people should be graceful enough to accept their folly, if and when it is exposed.’
    • ‘The careful selection of color and pattern allows for individual expression.’
    • ‘This is, of course, not by chance, but part of a careful selection of vocabulary and symbols created to contest the existential dilemma.’
    • ‘Recommendations for risk reduction included a careful selection of an evaluation of safe medical devices.’
    1. 1.1A number of carefully chosen things.
      ‘the publication of a selection of his poems’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The concert was organised by staff and pupils at Woodhouse Grove School and the school's choir and orchestra performed a selection of music with Bradford Cathedral Choir.’
      • ‘If you fancy a change from the sea theme, there are selections of poems from a number of poets with local connections of one sort or another.’
      • ‘Dimitrova translated a selection of John Donne poems in 1999.’
      • ‘The launch of the book honouring the life and work of James McKenna also coincided with the launch of a selection of poems on CD by Desmond Egan.’
      • ‘Each poet receives a critical and biographical appraisal and analysis, which is usually followed by a selection of their poems.’
      • ‘The book is a selection of poems on a variety of themes - nature, magic, human identity, love and home.’
      • ‘Gilmore's standing, in short, could be helped by a fresh selection of her poems.’
      • ‘The evening began with a selection of poems and songs from the junior classes and an in-school quiz.’
      • ‘Lowden MacCartney, the editor of an early selection of his poems, gave a vivid description of him.’
      • ‘The evening's programme will also feature an 18-member Youth Orchestra playing selections from Broadway favourites.’
      • ‘The selections are arranged by themes and localities.’
      • ‘Like so many of the other selections, this unfamiliar arrangement allows us to hear the timeless words and their meaning afresh.’
      • ‘The orchestra was finishing a selection by Grieg.’
      • ‘As the editorial note acknowledges, the interviews are only a selection from those originally gathered.’
      • ‘This text is followed by a selection of translated poems and a glossary of terms.’
      • ‘Meals can be ordered by arranged sets from the menu or selections can be specially arranged from the large assortment of Japanese dishes available.’
      • ‘Perhaps, in the light of such a careful selection of material, editing was not necessary.’
      anthology, assortment, choice, miscellany, medley, pot-pourri, collection, assemblage
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    2. 1.2A range of things from which a choice may be made.
      ‘the restaurant offers a wide selection of hot and cold dishes’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Even with a reduced number of stalls, visitors were offered a varied selection of goods, ranging from walking sticks to photograph albums, and candyfloss to doughnuts.’
      • ‘The result is recipes that offer a wider selection of foods, including a range of indulgent puddings, but still enable you to eat healthily and lose weight.’
      • ‘It is considered to be one of the world's most beautiful capitals, offering visitors a wide selection of sightseeing and outdoor-leisure options.’
      • ‘A wide selection of hot or non-peppery dishes are available, such as the savoury sour peeled shrimp and crispy rice.’
      • ‘Even though Papa Ron's Pizza offers a wide selection of toppings, anchovies are not an option.’
      • ‘The menu offers a wide selection of French dishes, such as the French Onion Soup Au Gratin and Chicken Bordelaise Au Grand Marnier.’
      • ‘The menu offers a wide selection of tapas, a few takes on paella and a couple of steak-and-pasta dishes.’
      • ‘Because of his various vineyard holdings throughout the south of France, Chapoutier is able to offer a wide selection of wines at all price levels.’
      • ‘The menu offers a wide selection of fish and seafood, as well as vegetarian dishes and, if that's not tempting enough, a blackboard lists the day's specials.’
      • ‘The menu has a wide selection on offer, with everything from children's meals and snacks to comfort food and fresh seafood and game cooked with a contemporary twist.’
      • ‘Also on offer was a wide selection of coffee and tea.’
      • ‘The menu offered a wide selection of large and small snacks.’
      • ‘The pedestrianised town centre offers a wide selection of household names and specialist retailers.’
      • ‘The menu is extensive, offering a wide selection of fish dishes, lamb, beef and duck.’
      • ‘Their company offers a wide selection of tiles and a number of related services.’
      • ‘One of the good things about investing is that there is a wide selection of options, some of which do not require you to have a large amount of cash.’
      • ‘There are also several hospitals with world-class facilities managed by hospitals based abroad and bookstores with a broad selection of publications.’
      choice, pick, option, preference, election
      range, array, diversity, display, variety, assortment, mixture, line-up, set, repertoire
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    3. 1.3A horse or horses tipped as worth bets in a race or meeting.
      ‘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.’
      • ‘The selection, who didn't enjoy the run of the race, finished like a train to get within three parts of a length of the brilliant Godolphin horse Fantastic Light.’
    4. 1.4Data highlighted on a computer screen for a particular operation.
      ‘your selection may not contain two different data types’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2Biology
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If so, we might expect that relaxation of purifying selection has not occurred.’
    • ‘We found evidence for purifying selection acting to constrain functional divergence between paralogous genes.’



/səˈlekSH(ə)n/ /səˈlɛkʃ(ə)n/


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