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[opt] /ɒpt/
verb (used without object)
to make a choice; choose (usually followed by for).
Verb phrases
opt out, to decide to leave or withdraw:
to opt out of the urban rat race and move to the countryside.
Origin of opt
1875-80; < French opter to choose, divide < Latin optāre to wish for, desire, pray for, choose, select
Related forms
unopted, adjective
1. select, pick, elect, prefer. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for opt out
  • Other people should be able to opt out without penalty.
  • Then voluntarily opt out of using the new technology once it becomes convenient to use.
  • Authors and publishers could opt out of the program.
  • When things are not going well, they can opt out of their commitments to others.
  • People can opt out, but they have to pay toward a fund.
  • Those confident of good health and long life would opt out of the pool, causing other people's premiums to skyrocket.
  • Canceling customers must opt out of the continued surveillance monitoring program, according to the privacy policy.
  • Users have the option to either edit their profiles or opt out entirely.
  • Try to convince everyone you can to also opt out of the scan.
  • Some high school students are choosing to opt out of military options.
British Dictionary definitions for opt out

opt out

(intransitive, adverb) often foll by of. to choose not to be involved (in) or part (of)
the act of opting out, esp of local-authority administration: opt-outs by hospitals and schools


when intr, foll by for. to show preference (for) or choose (to do something) See also opt in See also opt out
Word Origin
C19: from French opter, from Latin optāre to choose
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Word Origin and History for opt out



1877, from French opter "to choose" (16c.), from Latin optare "choose, desire" (see option). To opt out is attested from 1922. Related: Opted; opting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with opt out

opt out

Choose not to participate, as in Our school opted out of the state competition. [ ; mid-1900s ]
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