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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.


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Examples from the web for opt
  • If you choose to opt in, information about all your purchases is made available to your friends.
  • Imagine if every company you had never done business with required you to opt out of their junk mailings.
  • When climbers opt to climb without a rope, they lose the luxury of learning from mistakes.
  • Others tend to see more similarities between fossils and opt for trees with fewer offshoots.
  • If you do opt for an eco-friendly paint, use a matching primer.
  • Users can opt out of receiving these sorts of ads by clicking on an icon on the banner.
  • They will opt to placate or to challenge a questioner.
  • Automatic enrolment puts the onus on the worker to opt out rather than to opt in.
  • For an even more remote experience, opt for one of the eight secluded cottages that dot the property.
  • The theory goes that, if the toll is high enough, some drivers will cancel their trips or opt for the bus or rails.
British Dictionary definitions for opt


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

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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Related Abbreviations for opt


  1. optative
  2. optical
  3. optional
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