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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

Verb after that near catastrophe, they opted to reinstate the telephone service
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb So what would convince listless adults to shun the call of a mindless Netflix binge and opt for homeschooling? Anne Quito, Quartz, 5 June 2021 Make like Bond and order a classic martini at Dukes, or opt for something a little different, like the Fleming 89 or the Classic Vesper. Nicole Trilivas, Forbes, 3 June 2021 Identify and monitor problems before acting, and opt for the least toxic approach. oregonlive, 1 June 2021 If spraying something will bother you, opt for the cost-efficient choice of Safer Brand 70102 Japanese Beetle Trap with Attractant. Chris Hachey, BGR, 26 May 2021 Take cues from Miley Cyrus and Kaia Gerber and opt for lenses in lighter tints (think gold, amber, or blue) to add an extra pop of color to your looks and show off your eyes. Talia Abbas, Glamour, 12 May 2021 Additionally, Amtrak has implemented a search function while booking to allow travelers to see the percentage of seats sold and opt for ones with less capacity. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 28 Apr. 2021 Switch out your parchment paper for reusable silicone baking sheets, use refillable water bottles rather than single-use bottles, and opt for reusable paper towels to cut down on waste. Nathalie Kirby, House Beautiful, 22 Apr. 2021 Southerners looking to name their new addition, could perhaps choose a vintage moniker like Chester, Percy, or Otis or opt for a swanky Southern name, like Delilah or Blanche. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, 20 Apr. 2021

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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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17 Jun 2021

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“Opt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opt. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of opt

: to choose one thing instead of another



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