See also: seleçaõ and Seleção

Portuguese

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Alternative forms

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Etymology

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Learned borrowing from Latin sēlēctiōnem (selection), from sēlēctus (selected), past participle of sēligō (to select; to cull).

The sense “national team” is from the idea that a national team is formed by a selection of a country’s best sportsmen.

Pronunciation

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  • Hyphenation: se‧le‧ção

Noun

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seleção f (plural seleções)

  1. selection (the process or act of selecting)
    Synonym: escolha
    A seleção de animais para o abate.
    The selection of animals for slaughter.
  2. selection (the elements which are chosen in a selection)
    Vou ler uma seleção de livros.
    I will read a selection of books.
  3. (sports) a sports team that represents a region or organisation, such as a national sports team
    A seleção italiana de futebol venceu o torneio quatro vezes.
    The Italian national football team won tournament four times.
  4. (sports, colloquial, by extension) dream team (a sports team that is considered the best)
  5. (evolutionary theory) (natural) selection (a process by which certain beings are excluded from the chance of passing their genes to future generations)
    A seleção natural garantiu a sobrevivência dos homens.
    Natural selection guaranteed man’s survival.
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