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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 opting
  • But these days, more and more of the younger players are opting for formal academic training.
  • But faculty positions are shrinking in number, and many would-be scholars are therefore opting for careers with more promise.
  • Our government had abandoned building public housing, opting to rent private housing and subsidising rent.
  • Fashionistas are probably co-opting the pen for some other chic uses.
  • Now, employees are leaving the traditional workplace and opting to piece together a professional life on their own.
  • When they proclaim that science can explain everything, they are opting for a specific metaphysics.
  • However, you fail to support that claim with any evidence, instead opting to tell us to go find it ourselves.
  • The company is opting for small shops with highly personalized service.
  • But would you deny yourself a lifesaving surgery by opting to not use anything made of plastic.
  • He blogged about his reaction to the diagnosis, about the challenges of opting for surgery over radiation therapy.
British Dictionary definitions for opting

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 opting

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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