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opted; opting; opts

Definition of opt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to make a choice especially : to decide in favor of something opted for a tax increase — Tom Wicker After perusing the menu he opted for the prime rib.

Definition of opt (Entry 2 of 2)

1 optical; optician; optics
2 option; optional

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Examples of opt in a Sentence


after that near catastrophe, they opted to reinstate the telephone service

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Getty Images Rocking one of her coolest, most casual looks to date, mom-to-be Meghan opted for classic dark blue skinny jeans, with white sneakers and a baggy white Sixteen Candless tee. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Has Started Wearing Prince Harry's Clothes Over Her Baby Bump," 2 Apr. 2019 Speaking to the magazine, Sophie revealed that despite their mutual friends’ futile effort for the pair to meet, the genesis of the relationship was actually an unexpected DM — and while Nick opted for Twitter, Joe actually favored Instagram. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Got Together Via Instagram DM," 1 Apr. 2019 Get a Bedframe and Mattress Made of All-Natural Materials Your bed is the biggest piece of furniture and what the rest of your space revolves around, so opting for an eco-conscious option is essential. Lauren Hubbard, ELLE Decor, "A Beginner's Guide to Making Your Home More Sustainable," 1 Apr. 2019 Kate Middleton went casual for an engagement with the Scouts at Gilwell Park in London yesterday, opting for See by Chloé combat boots with skinny jeans and a J.Crew sweater. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Jokes About Changing from High Heels to Combat Boots," 29 Mar. 2019 Firms could expect to spend up to 20 hours per contract and invest hundreds of thousands of U.S. dollars to remain GDPR-compliant—an effort that might be in vain should the U.K. not opt for a no-deal Brexit, Mr. Parker said. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Companies Weigh Data-Privacy Risks Ahead of Brexit," 12 Mar. 2019 Early this season, Russell was left on the bench a couple times while coach Kenny Atkinson opted for crunch-time minutes without him. Brian Mahoney, The Seattle Times, "Russell on the rise in Brooklyn and seeking first postseason," 19 Feb. 2019 But some celebrities who have opted to be child-free are using their platforms to speak out and help shift the cultural mind-set. Glamour, "Hollywood Celebrities on Being Child-Free by Choice," 17 Mar. 2019 Mädchen Amick opted for a more professional shot of her with Luke. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, ""Riverdale" Cast Sends Well Wishes to Luke Perry After His Stroke and Hospitalization," 1 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of opt


1853, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for opt


French opter, from Latin optare

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English Language Learners Definition of opt

: to choose one thing instead of another

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