Opt definition and meaning

Opt definition: If you opt for something, or opt to do something, you choose it or decide to do it in… | Meaning, pronunciation, translations and examples

Definition of ’opt’

Word Frequency


opt


(



ɒ

pt



)

Word forms:


opts


,


opting


,


opted


transitive verb


/


intransitive verb

If you

opt


for

something, or

opt


to

do something, you choose it or decide to do it in preference to anything else.


Depending on your circumstances you can opt for one method or the other.

Synonyms:


choose

,

decide

,

prefer

,

select


More Synonyms of

opt

Phrasal verbs:


See


opt out


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Video: pronunciation of

opt

Word Frequency


opt


in American English


1


(


ɑpt



)


verb intransitive

to make a

choice


often with

for

Idioms:


opt out (of)

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.
Word origin

Fr

opter

< L

optare:

see

option

Word Frequency


opt


in American English


2


1.


optical


2.


optician


3.


optics


4.


optional

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.
Word Frequency


opt


in American English


(


ɑpt


)


intransitive verb


1.


(


usually fol. by


for


)

to make a choice; choose


2.


See


opt out

Most material © 2005, 1997, 1991 by Penguin Random House LLC. Modified entries © 2019
by Penguin Random House LLC and HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Word origin


[

1875–80; ‹ F

opter

to choose, divide ‹ L

optāre

to wish for, desire, pray for, choose, select

]

Word Frequency


opt.


in American English


abbreviation


1.


optative


2.

optical


3.

optician


4.

optics


5.

optional
Most material © 2005, 1997, 1991 by Penguin Random House LLC. Modified entries © 2019
by Penguin Random House LLC and HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Word Frequency


opt


in British English


(


ɒpt



)


verb


(


when


intr,

foll by

for


)

to

show


preference

(for) or

choose

(to do something)

Collins English Dictionary

. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers
Word origin

C19: from French

opter,

from Latin

optāre

to choose

Examples of ‘opt’ in a sentence

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They are

also

opting to

buy

in

schemes

where

friends

and families have bought.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2016

)


He is not the only one to opt for the

nomadic


lifestyle

.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2016

)


Those who would have moved a few years

ago

but are opting to

stay

put are

adding

space

instead

.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2016

)


You could also opt for a lower-cost

passive


fund

.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2016

)


Instead, opt for a nifty

layering

system.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2017

)


They are

expected

to

stop

short of

recommending

full

structural


separation

, opting instead for a

legal

separation.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2016

)


At the

precise


moment

that they had

needed


stability

they had, instead, opted for

upheaval

and change.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2017

)


It was a good

laugh


seeing

other people’s

costumes

but my

girlfriend

opted to stay in as she’s not into

fancy


dress

.


The Sun



(

2016

)



Consumers

can also opt for an

additional


voluntary


excess

to reduce their

premiums

further.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2008

)


Some may opt to stay by the

pool

while the

rest

of the family

go


surfing

.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2016

)

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Instead he opted for a name with the same

initials

as

table


tennis

.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2014

)


Or is it

better

to opt for something that other

drivers

will

steer


clear

of?


Times, Sunday Times



(

2009

)


But in the end opted for one at

home

.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2009

)


It should

remain

a choice that you opt into rather than something you

must

opt out of.


The Sun



(

2008

)


If you opt for something clear you face the

problem

of

hiding


ugly


cables

.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2006

)



Beginners

on

easy


routes

can opt for something more

comfortable

.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2008

)



Couples

could also opt out of the scheme and

financial


awards

would be based

solely

on

contributions

made to the

relationship

.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2011

)


Despite the

dangers

, others have opted to stay.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2012

)


Too often, we opt for one or the other.


Christianity Today



(

2000

)


The company has opted instead for a legal

challenge

that

looks


futile

and

self-defeating

.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2006

)


Otherwise, more players will opt for one form of the game rather than all of them.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2011

)


Opt for

honey


blonde

first, then take the

plunge

to

platinum

.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2015

)


Instead, opt for a

swipe

of

pink

blusher across the

apples

of your

cheeks

for a natural look.


The Sun



(

2015

)


Many people who had opted to stay in what they

thought

were

beach


huts

found themselves in low

wooden

structures that looked more like

dog


kennels

.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2010

)


The

pair

have opted to stay with their university

squad

and have had their

grants

cut by more than 50 per

cent

.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2006

)

Trends of

opt

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In other languages

opt


British English

:


opt


VERB

/

ɒpt

/

If you

opt

for something, or

opt

to do something, you choose it or decide to do it in preference to anything else.
Depending on your circumstances you can opt for one method or the other.


American English

:


opt


ˈɒpt

/


Brazilian Portuguese

:

optar


Chinese

:


选择


European Spanish

:


optar


French

:


opter


German

:

sich entscheiden


Italian

:


optare


Japanese

:

選択する


Korean

:

선택하다


European Portuguese

:


optar


Spanish

:


optar


Thai

:

เลือก


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opt

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opt

Source

Definition of

opt

from the

Collins English Dictionary

Quick word challenge

Quiz Review

Question:

1

Score:


0

/

5


bare


or


bear

?

Which version is correct?


pair


or


pear

?

Drag the correct answer into the box.
pear
pair


For dessert we had poached


.


sole


or


soul

?

Which version is correct?


main


or


mane

?

Which version is correct?


flour


or


flower

?

Which version is correct?


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