Definition of opt in English:



  • Make a choice from a range of possibilities.

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

  • opt out

    • Choose not to participate in or carry on with something.

      ‘they had both opted out of the medical plan’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some big merchants who opted out of the class action, including Home Depot, are still seeking damages in other suits.’
      • ‘If the property to be repaired is a home, find out whether your community has opted out of the state's new building code.’
      • ‘She opted out of the merger after a year to form a sole proprietorship in Marina Del Rey.’
      • ‘Last spring, he opted out of football drills and chose instead to pitch for the USC baseball team, taking the hill in nine games.’
      • ‘After the arrangements were made, Love opted out of the event altogether, as she reportedly ‘missed her plane’ from Los Angeles.’
      • ‘Some participants opted out of the riverside walk and used coaches to reach the Minster.’
      • ‘I thought for a while that he'd opted out of voicing his opinion, just like the rest.’
      • ‘Obviously if you both opted out of the exchange, this would be much less of an issue.’
      • ‘I opted out of this one, as well, since I'm allergic to bee stings.’
      • ‘She opted out of counseling after a few sessions, some of which included her husband, and they ended up divorcing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Both candidates opted out of the public financing system for the primaries that would have limited spending to $45 million.’
      • ‘Our nearest neighbors, Canada and Mexico, have also opted out of the coalition.’
      • ‘This couple opted out of a traditional church wedding and instead chose a two-in-one, wedding and honeymoon combined in beautiful St Lucia!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When the National Hockey League opted out of the 2005 season, I figured I might as well fill the void by playing.’
      • ‘Of the 22 All Australian players chosen at the end of the season, 17 opted out of last month's series.’
      • ‘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.’


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