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[op-shuh n] /ˈɒp ʃən/
the power or right of choosing.
something that may be or is chosen; choice.
the act of choosing.
an item of equipment or a feature that may be chosen as an addition to or replacement for standard equipment and features:
a car with a long list of extra-cost options; a telephoto lens option for a camera.
a privilege acquired, as by the payment of a premium or consideration, of demanding, within a specified time, the carrying out of a transaction upon stipulated terms; the right, as granted in a contract or by an initial payment, of acquiring something in the future:
We bought one lot and took a 90-day option on an adjoining one.
Football. a play in which a back has a choice of either passing or running with the ball.
verb (used with object)
to acquire or grant an option on:
The studio has optioned his latest novel for film adaptation.
to provide with optional equipment:
The car can be fully optioned at additional cost.
1595-1605; < Latin optiōn- (stem of optiō) choice, equivalent to op(tāre) to select (see opt) + -tiōn- -tion
Related forms
optionable, adjective
preoption, noun
2. See choice. 2, 3. selection, election. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for options
  • We find the fullness of life not only in options, but in commitments.
  • Once the tomatoes are dry, there are a couple of options for storing them.
  • Those looking to purchase a real tree have several options.
  • Not only that, cities may be one of the best options for the long-term viability of the species.
  • Leaving options on the table is a not-so-oblique way of threatening war.
  • My task was to consider a series of investment options that were presented on a small illuminated screen over my head.
  • In order to make choices, people need their options narrowed in advance.
  • Both options will give you access to the digital edition.
  • Though barely able to speak, he ordered them to bring five different options for the mask and he would pick a design he liked.
  • The dessert options were a trio of local cheeses and a forgettable pear upside-down cake.
British Dictionary definitions for options


the act or an instance of choosing or deciding
the power or liberty to choose
an exclusive opportunity, usually for a limited period, to buy something at a future date: he has a six-month option on the Canadian rights to this book
(commerce) the right to buy (call option) or sell (put option) a fixed quantity of a commodity, security, foreign exchange, etc, at a fixed price at a specified date in the future See also traded option
something chosen; choice
(NZ) short for local option
keep one's options open, leave one's options open, not to commit oneself
(transitive) to obtain or grant an option on
Word Origin
C17: from Latin optiō free choice, from optāre to choose
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for options



c.1600, "action of choosing," from French option (Old French opcion), from Latin optionem (nominative optio) "choice, free choice, liberty to choose," from root of optare "to desire, choose," from PIE root *op- "to choose, prefer." Meaning "thing that may be chosen" is attested from 1885. Commercial transaction sense first recorded 1755 (the verb in this sense is from 1934). As a North American football play, it is recorded from 1954.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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