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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.
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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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


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



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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