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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

Examples of opt in a Sentence

Verb after that near catastrophe, they opted to reinstate the telephone service
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The high-demand nature of Springsteen tickets has led some local fans to opt for shows in other cities. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 28 July 2022 Another way to save money on produce is to opt for fruit and vegetables that have a longer shelf-life. Amy Fischer Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, 22 July 2022 Gamers, however, might want to opt for the Acer Nitro 5. Rachel Simon, EW.com, 12 July 2022 Those with a fuller bust might prefer to opt for full cup or balconette bras, which come with thicker straps and more supportive underwiring. Charlotte Owen, Vogue, 1 July 2022 One alternative to the big ship is to opt for an autonomous, seafaring platform or barge, much like the droneships that SpaceX uses to catch its rockets after flight. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 23 June 2022 Parents of the youngest children may be more willing to opt for a COVID vaccine if it can be offered alongside other routine immunizations, Towner said. Apoorva Mandavilli, BostonGlobe.com, 18 June 2022 Parents of the youngest children may be more willing to opt for a Covid vaccine if it can be offered alongside other routine immunizations. New York Times, 18 June 2022 This means a homeowner might want to opt for a yard filled with something durable, which is typically the faster growing grasses. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 14 June 2022 See More

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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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4 Aug 2022

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“Opt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opt. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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