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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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Nearly 56 percent of voters opted to go with the professional county agency. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Julian volunteer firefighters nearing end of court fight to save their department," 8 Sep. 2019 When fourth down came up again, the Lancers opted to kick the field goal, and Logan converted. Andrew Turner, Daily Pilot, "Edison football falls short against Orange Lutheran," 6 Sep. 2019 In addition to the room, patrons can also opt for packages that will make special occasions memorable. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "'Dallas'-famous Southfork Ranch now welcoming overnight guests," 5 Sep. 2019 The Broncos opted to trade down from No. 10 with Pittsburgh instead of taking Bush. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "AFC Preview: Patriots still have Tom Brady, but conference could go through Chiefs or Chargers," 5 Sep. 2019 However, keep it fresh a la Lizzo and instead of opting for your usual tee, try a cute corset underneath instead. Bianca Nieves, Teen Vogue, "How to Dress like Lizzo This Fall 2019," 4 Sep. 2019 Rather than stay in Dublin, Pence opted to make the back-and-forth trip from Doonbeg, more than an hour flight each way. Allan Smith, NBC News, "Pence distances Trump from uproar over VP's stay at president's Irish golf club," 4 Sep. 2019 Chase, for example, opts us in to receiving offers from partner companies based on our spending habits. Anchorage Daily News, "The spy in your wallet: Credit cards have a privacy problem," 2 Sep. 2019 The Colts could opt to carry three quarterbacks on the roster this year. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Colts land backup QB, sign Brian Hoyer to 3-year, $12 million contract," 2 Sep. 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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