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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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Chopova Lowena has opted not to go the traditional runway route. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "This English-Bulgarian Brand Is Making Fantastical Traditional Dress," 17 May 2019 Worn in an effortless low ponytail, the reality star has also potentially opted for a slight change in her color too, stretching out her usual icy, platinum blonde with a darker root for easier upkeep. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Khloe Kardashian Got Super Long Mermaid Hair and Looks Completely Different," 14 May 2019 In fact, past stars of both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette have opted to quit their jobs entirely in order to star on the show. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How Much Money the New 'Bachelorette' Hannah B Will Make on the Show," 13 May 2019 PricewaterhouseCoopers has opted to give every employee a crash course in digital technology, said Joe Atkinson, the firm’s chief digital officer. Angus Loten, WSJ, "When It Comes to Workplace Tech, Employees Know Best," 9 May 2019 Modern royals have opted for hospital births, instead. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Reportedly Gave Birth in Hospital, Despite Home Birth Rumors," 7 May 2019 Unlike the Beats Music transition, Apple has opted to keep Apple News+ an iOS and Mac thing for now. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Apple leaves Android users with few alternatives as Texture is earmarked for May 28 shutdown," 29 Mar. 2019 This isn't the first time Markle has opted for affordable brands at her public appearances. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Meghan Markle's Affordable Club Monaco Coat Is on Sale Right Now," 21 Nov. 2018 Then, Ella opted for a light smokey eye (another great decision, TBH). Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Ella Mai's Baby Hairs Were Perfectly Laid at the Billboard Music Awards," 2 May 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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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