\ ˈäpt \
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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Producers also opted to make the show's son, Boyd, a bit older, casting Flynn Morrison to play the part instead of twins Luke and Evan Kruntchev. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "How ‘Last Man Standing’ Went From Hit Sitcom, to Canceled, to Revived For Its Seventh Season," 11 July 2018 Many opted for superheroes, including the Incredibles, while others went with characters from classic theatre. Steve Smith, Courant Community, "Cast Enjoys Summer Musical Rehearsals," 11 July 2018 More: In rare twist, Pacers are NBA free agency winners for once Q: Did Thaddeus Young's decision to opt-in with the final year of his deal change your free agency plans? J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Kevin Pritchard to Pacers free agent targets: Winning is fun, join the party," 10 July 2018 Instead, see the chart above to get more information about how to opt-out of that tracker’s cookies. The Editors, Outside Online, "About Our Ads," 10 July 2018 And those state employees are making the decisions now whether to opt in or opt out of the dues, the dues paying and the union membership. Fox News, "Unions brace for fallout from SCOTUS's Janus decision," 8 July 2018 The mom-to-be opted for a white eyelet sundress by British brand Anna Mason, featuring an A-line silhouette and ruffled sleeves. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pregnant Pippa Middleton Wears the Prettiest White Sundress to Wimbledon," 5 July 2018 Those parties that use these technologies may offer you a way to opt-out of ad targeting as described below. latimes.com, "Privacy Policy," 3 July 2018 Those parties that use these technologies may offer you a way to opt-out of ad targeting as described below. sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego Union-Tribune Privacy Policy," 21 June 2018

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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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