Definition of opt in English:



[no object]
  • Make a choice from a range of possibilities.

    ‘consumers will opt for low-priced goods’
    with infinitive ‘pupils opting to continue with physics’
    • ‘The judge opts to decide later on what to do about the infuriating kid.’
    • ‘Faced with the prospect of crippling student debts, many are opting to skip university and get on the career ladder.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, he should be financially secure for life when he opts to cash in his shares, though he says he is having too much fun at the moment to think about doing so.’
    • ‘Fortunately this doesn't happen and much to my relief, Sky decides to leave the dreadlocked wig and opts for the blonde one.’
    • ‘Always opt for four individual shots if possible so that you can choose the best of the four.’
    • ‘That may not seem like a big drop, especially if Treasury opts for the high end of the range.’
    • ‘Fewer students than ever are opting to study maths at a higher level.’
    • ‘On her latest, Stone opts for original material, with mixed results.’
    • ‘Parents opting for single-sex schools take other factors into account, though.’
    • ‘The idea that they opted for such a lifestyle out of choice is both heartless and fanciful.’
    • ‘It also means exercising regularly and opting for active living choices rather than the lazy ones.’
    • ‘The City of Toronto opts to provide streetcar service to its new boroughs itself under the Toronto Civic Railways name.’
    • ‘Couples who opt to live more simply can still live on a single income, he suggested.’
    • ‘Instead of laser vision correction he opted to have a lens placed behind the pupils of his eyes.’
    • ‘With so many choices at her fingertips, she has opted for delicate, minute alterations.’
    • ‘It will also give him another option if the selectors decide to opt for the extra bowler.’
    • ‘But on that subject is it really anyone's business if a friend opts not to send you a bill for a job done?’
    • ‘There remain some issues to resolve and a few players are still opting to continue their boycott.’
    • ‘Ann opted for a piece of caramelised apple tart and my choice was carrot cake.’
    • ‘Police gave her the choice of a fine or going to court and Berthelsen opted for a trial.’
    choose, select, pick, pick out, decide on, go for, settle on, plump for, plump on, single out, take, fix on
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Phrasal Verbs

  • opt in

    • Choose to participate in something.

      ‘the database would not include a person's name unless he opted in’
      • ‘The spokeswoman said the Executive preferred a major publicity campaign to encourage more people to opt in.’
      • ‘Aside from all that, registering for the service was very quick and easy, and you are given the chance not to opt in to their mailing lists.’
      • ‘Edinburgh, Glasgow and East Renfrewshire rate above one in five pupils, though that does not account for the large numbers, especially in the capital, who opt in to the independent sector.’
      • ‘The rules lay down that companies may only send unsolicited sales messages via email to members of the public if they have actively opted in to receiving them.’
      • ‘It is neither rational nor reasonable to expect those who can opt out to opt in.’
      • ‘Rather than feeling coerced, people willing to participate may find it burdensome to opt in.’
      • ‘Senior Canadian officials have been in talks with their U.S. counterparts for months, trying to discern Northcom's scope and assess whether Ottawa should opt in.’
      • ‘And if you do opt in, you'll be able to choose which people have access to what kind of information.’
      • ‘For operators that choose to opt in, Government would buy their equipment and claims.’
      • ‘Murrayfield opted in to the law because it was envisaged at the time that football matches would be played at the stadium.’
      • ‘Parents hear about it from midwives, health visitors or friends, and those who opt in get monthly personal visits from a trained project worker and the chance to join in group meetings.’
      • ‘The extra costs were funded by the Department of Health according to a formula linked to the numbers of consultants expected to opt in.’
      • ‘I chose to work normally (after taking part in several days of strikes) not because I want to opt in and out whenever it suits me, but because I could see that this dispute was, and still is, going nowhere.’
      • ‘He adds that technically the UK does not have a veto anyway, but that so far there has been no case of the other states going ahead without the UK or Ireland once they have opted in to discussions.’
      • ‘In other words, instead of opting in as a donor, people would opt out if they did not want to donate.’
      • ‘Some may say you have opted-out of receiving email while others may say you have opted in!’
      • ‘A green pricing option is best suited to municipal utility services that choose not to opt in to competition.’
      • ‘Making them opt in won't solve the spam problem and will bring the industry to a standstill.’
      • ‘Icelanders have the right to opt out of the scheme but Mannvernd, an organisation set up to stop the database going ahead, insists that the law should be reversed so that only medical information from citizens who chose to opt in is used.’
      • ‘With many university entrepreneurial programmes still in their infancy, Togneri admits that some involve courses that students can opt in or out of, while others are compulsory.’
  • opt out

    • 1Choose not to participate in something.

      ‘you can opt out of the state pension scheme’
      • ‘She opted out of counseling after a few sessions, some of which included her husband, and they ended up divorcing.’
      • ‘Some big merchants who opted out of the class action, including Home Depot, are still seeking damages in other suits.’
      • ‘I thought for a while that he'd opted out of voicing his opinion, just like the rest.’
      • ‘When the National Hockey League opted out of the 2005 season, I figured I might as well fill the void by playing.’
      • ‘She opted out of the merger after a year to form a sole proprietorship in Marina Del Rey.’
      • ‘Obviously if you both opted out of the exchange, this would be much less of an issue.’
      • ‘Is it any wonder Van Gundy opted out of putting this team on the floor 60 more times?’
      • ‘A little-debated provision in the 1996 welfare reform law mandates a lifetime ban on welfare and food stamps for drug offenders, although New York is one of eight states that have opted out of the ban.’
      • ‘Both candidates opted out of the public financing system for the primaries that would have limited spending to $45 million.’
      • ‘Of the 22 All Australian players chosen at the end of the season, 17 opted out of last month's series.’
      • ‘Although Jill Scott opted out of a college education for herself, she believes education is important for everybody, and that, while college is important, learning in and of itself is a life process.’
      • ‘Our nearest neighbors, Canada and Mexico, have also opted out of the coalition.’
      • ‘After the arrangements were made, Love opted out of the event altogether, as she reportedly ‘missed her plane’ from Los Angeles.’
      • ‘The most likely scenario remains that Grant, who opted out of the four years and $40 million he had left on his contract, will re-sign with the team.’
      • ‘Last spring, he opted out of football drills and chose instead to pitch for the USC baseball team, taking the hill in nine games.’
      • ‘Some participants opted out of the riverside walk and used coaches to reach the Minster.’
      • ‘This couple opted out of a traditional church wedding and instead chose a two-in-one, wedding and honeymoon combined in beautiful St Lucia!’
      • ‘I opted out of this one, as well, since I'm allergic to bee stings.’
      • ‘If the property to be repaired is a home, find out whether your community has opted out of the state's new building code.’
      • ‘Where there is no record of the deceased patient's wishes, instead of being asked to consent to donation, they would be informed that their relative had not opted out of donation.’
      1. 1.1British (of a school or hospital) decide to withdraw from local authority control.
        ‘opting out might allow schools greater freedom’
        • ‘There have also been claims that there will be a more extensive handing of power to hundreds of the most successful schools - allowing them to borrow money, set their own rates of pay and effectively to opt out of local authority control.’
        • ‘He is not against hospitals opting out and all the divisions that creates.’
        • ‘Laws which allowed schools to opt out of local authority control but still receive state funding were scrapped after devolution by the Executive.’
        • ‘The mild-mannered dentist is the former chair of the board of management at St Mary's school in Dunblane, which nine years ago became the first and only primary school to opt out of local authority control.’
        • ‘The latter were state schools that opted out of local authority control and voted to obtain funding directly from the government.’
        • ‘Even this is nowhere near as far-reaching as what is being proposed south of the Border, where schools will be able to opt out of all local authority control and take on ‘trust’ status.’
        • ‘Heads of neighbouring schools will then be told to model themselves on the academies and will be able to opt out of local authority control.’
        • ‘Primary schools, for example, will be allowed to opt out of local authority control and become ‘foundation’ schools with control of their own budgets.’
        • ‘The Education Bill will give schools greater ability to opt out of local authority control.’
        • ‘But later that year, Nun Monkton was saved from the axe by becoming the first school in North Yorkshire to opt out of local authority control.’
        • ‘They won't be able to undermine other schools opting out of local authority control at the expense of others.’
        • ‘Moreover, schools and hospitals were encouraged to opt out of local authority control, compete with one another, and manage their own budgets.’
        • ‘IDS is also proposing to get charities to take over parts of the welfare state, allow all hospitals to opt out of state control and give longer sentences to persistent offenders.’
        • ‘This is the process of allowing schools to opt out of local authority control and seek ‘grant maintained status’, being funded directly by central government.’
        • ‘The status allows hospitals to opt out of Government control.’
        • ‘If he were given the chance of opting out of local authority direct control to become a trust school, would he take it?’


Late 19th century: from French opter, from Latin optare ‘choose, wish’.