Meaning of “selection” in the English Dictionary

"selection" in British English

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uk /sɪˈlek.ʃən/ us /səˈlek.ʃən/

B2 [ C or U ] the act of choosing someone or something:

the selection process
Success is achieved by the careful selection of projects.
The coach made her selection (= chose who she wanted) for the team.

B2 [ C ] a choice or range of different types of something:

Most schools would have a good selection of these books in their libraries.
The larger stores are able to stock a wider selection of goods.

[ C ] a person or thing that has been or will be chosen:

Their music was a mix of old stuff and selections from the new album.

More examples

  • You will be expected to assist the editor with the selection of illustrations for the book.
  • Which bookshop has the largest selection of EFL materials?
  • I asked for a mixed selection of chocolates.
  • We were offered a selection of cakes and pastries with our tea.
  • The shop has a good selection of bikinis and swimming costumes.

(Definition of “selection” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"selection" in American English

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selectionnoun [ C/U ]

us /səˈlek·ʃən/

the act of choosing, or the person or thing chosen:

[ C ] They performed a mix of old hits and selections from their new CD.

A selection can also be a range and variety of something from which to choose:

[ C ] That bookstore has a wide selection of mystery novels.
[ U ] Shop early for the best selection.

(Definition of “selection” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"selection" in Business English

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uk /sɪˈlekʃən/ us

[ U ] the process of choosing someone or something from a group of people or things after careful thought:

the selection of sth/sb It is alleged that he tried to improperly influence the selection of a particular firm for a state engineering contract.
The selection of Jobson as chairman has caused controversy amongst board members.
a selection method/procedure/process

[ C, usually singular ] COMMERCE a choice or range of different types of something:

a selection of sth The new range features a selection of ceramics and tableware.
a good/large/wide selection

[ C ] a person or thing which has been or will be chosen:

make a selection He made similar selections of securities for each fund.
Who would be your selection for the job?

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(Definition of “selection” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)