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opt

[opt] /ɒpt/
verb (used without object)
1.
to make a choice; choose (usually followed by for).
Verb phrases
2.
opt out, to decide to leave or withdraw:
to opt out of the urban rat race and move to the countryside.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; < French opter to choose, divide < Latin optāre to wish for, desire, pray for, choose, select
Related forms
unopted, adjective
Synonyms
1. select, pick, elect, prefer.
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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

opt

/ɒpt/
verb
1.
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

opt

v.

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

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