\ 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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More than 50,000 of the invalid ballots were left blank, suggesting that some people opted to skip the governor’s race. Gary Fineout, The Seattle Times, "State: 83,000 voters in Florida didn’t cast a valid ballot," 5 Feb. 2019 Two of the richest contracts doled out this past off-season went to players the Patriots opted to not resign: tackle Nate Solder and cornerback Malcolm Butler. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Super Bowl of Opposites," 25 Jan. 2019 For the day spent meeting with staff, volunteers, and maybe even a pup or two, Meghan opted for a monochromatic outfit, wearing an affordable cream-colored maternity dress from H&M, her cashmere Armani coat, and heels. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Just Arrived at Mayhew Wearing an Affordable H&M Maternity Dress," 16 Jan. 2019 Impatient brands constantly opt to toss one name for another, and this game of designer musical chairs has talent proclaiming they are burned out. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The Calvin Klein brand hired big-name fashion designer Raf Simons to build relevancy. Now he’s out.," 27 Dec. 2018 The trend towards smaller camper vans is already prolific in Europe, where many families opt for campers that can serve both as weekend retreats and daily commuters. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Affordable pop-top transforms your van into a camper for $7K," 5 Dec. 2018 Each member in the all-woman group looked stunning: Miranda opted for a black dress with lace detail on the top, Ashely went with an off-the-shoulder, black-and-white gown, and Angaleena donned a bright red sequined dress. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Miranda Lambert and Pistol Annies Perform Divorce Anthem at the CMA Awards," 15 Nov. 2018 As commander-in-chief, Mr. Trump can opt to cancel military travel. Peter Nicholas, WSJ, "Trump Moves to Block Pelosi’s Overseas Trip Until After Shutdown," 17 Jan. 2019 However, the no-ads promise applies to all Kobo e-readers—users who aren't looking for the most elite device can opt for one like the $129 Kobo Clara HD, the company's answer to the new Kindle Paperwhite. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Kobo Forma review: A formidable opponent for Amazon’s Kindle Oasis," 22 Nov. 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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