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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 opted
  • Parts of the brain are constantly being co-opted to process technological innovations.
  • Rather they began as flappers whose beating wings co-opted motions that originally evolved to perform some other functions.
  • Instead, the students this year opted for a fuel-injected system to improve gas mileage.
  • Too bad they the opted to invest money in those white elephants.
  • Some have opted to give it up for a more realistic lifestyle.
  • The complete corruption by the banker elite has completely co-opted our government, our system and our liberty.
  • In fact, he has co-opted the mathematics of exotic phase transitions to build his theory of gravity.
  • In the past, the state has opted to retain a portion of the proceeds of tuition increases in order to balance the state budget.
  • One college, reviewing its survey results, opted to change its methods for notifying students of misconduct charges.
  • He particularly wanted to meet humanities alumni who had opted for careers in the business world.
British Dictionary definitions for opted


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 opted



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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