Definition of opt in English:

opt

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Make a choice from a range of possibilities.

    ‘consumers will opt for low-priced goods’
    with infinitive ‘students opting to continue with physics’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead of laser vision correction he opted to have a lens placed behind the pupils of his eyes.’
    • ‘Fortunately this doesn't happen and much to my relief, Sky decides to leave the dreadlocked wig and opts for the blonde one.’
    • ‘The City of Toronto opts to provide streetcar service to its new boroughs itself under the Toronto Civic Railways name.’
    • ‘On her latest, Stone opts for original material, with mixed results.’
    • ‘Fewer students than ever are opting to study maths at a higher level.’
    • ‘Police gave her the choice of a fine or going to court and Berthelsen opted for a trial.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But on that subject is it really anyone's business if a friend opts not to send you a bill for a job done?’
    • ‘It will also give him another option if the selectors decide to opt for the extra bowler.’
    • ‘Parents opting for single-sex schools take other factors into account, though.’
    • ‘Couples who opt to live more simply can still live on a single income, he suggested.’
    • ‘With so many choices at her fingertips, she has opted for delicate, minute alterations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 judge opts to decide later on what to do about the infuriating kid.’
    • ‘There remain some issues to resolve and a few players are still opting to continue their boycott.’
    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 out

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

      ‘they had both opted out of the medical plan’
      • ‘If the property to be repaired is a home, find out whether your community has opted out of the state's new building code.’
      • ‘This couple opted out of a traditional church wedding and instead chose a two-in-one, wedding and honeymoon combined in beautiful St Lucia!’
      • ‘Some participants opted out of the riverside walk and used coaches to reach the Minster.’
      • ‘Obviously if you both opted out of the exchange, this would be much less of an issue.’
      • ‘Of the 22 All Australian players chosen at the end of the season, 17 opted out of last month's series.’
      • ‘Both candidates opted out of the public financing system for the primaries that would have limited spending to $45 million.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Last spring, he opted out of football drills and chose instead to pitch for the USC baseball team, taking the hill in nine games.’
      • ‘Is it any wonder Van Gundy opted out of putting this team on the floor 60 more times?’
      • ‘After the arrangements were made, Love opted out of the event altogether, as she reportedly ‘missed her plane’ from Los Angeles.’
      • ‘I opted out of this one, as well, since I'm allergic to bee stings.’
      • ‘Our nearest neighbors, Canada and Mexico, have also opted out of the coalition.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She opted out of the merger after a year to form a sole proprietorship in Marina Del Rey.’
      • ‘She opted out of counseling after a few sessions, some of which included her husband, and they ended up divorcing.’
      • ‘When the National Hockey League opted out of the 2005 season, I figured I might as well fill the void by playing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I thought for a while that he'd opted out of voicing his opinion, just like the rest.’
      • ‘Some big merchants who opted out of the class action, including Home Depot, are still seeking damages in other suits.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

opt

/äpt//ɑpt/