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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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Dosouqi stood behind a glass window on the side of a courtroom dressed in an orange jumpsuit and did not say a word, instead opting to let his attorney speak for him. Maggie Angst, The Mercury News, "Skyline stabbing suspect asks to represent himself in trial," 7 July 2019 Victor & Rolf, scheduled to show on Wednesday, will likely throw convention out of the window, instead opting for the social media capital that lives on in shares and retweets. Channing Hargrove, refinery29.com, "As Couture Week Changes For The Better, A Look At The Prettiest Dresses So Far," 5 July 2019 Texas parents are also not required to give their children their surname, and can instead opt for a completely new one. Dallas News, "Texas v. the Chilean national flag, maiden names and more from Curious Texas this week," 5 July 2019 Samsung seems to have also given up on the dual front cameras that shipped on the Galaxy S10+, opting instead for a single front camera. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "The Galaxy Note 10 launches August 7," 2 July 2019 The San Antonio Police Department faced scrutiny for its investigation of the incident after its officers did not arrest Ayars, opting instead to turn the case over to the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office for review. Emilie Eaton, ExpressNews.com, "Fired San Antonio police officer cleared of domestic violence tries to get rehired," 25 June 2019 Lt Cdr Firdaus had opted for the submarine arm of the Indian Navy. Rahul Singh, Quartz India, "You’ve heard stories of Indian Army and Air Force heroes. Now here’s an angel from the Navy," 23 June 2019 Each has opted to play a role in a sector of the record industry that thrives apart from the multinational major music groups. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Billboard's 2019 Indie Power Players: The Execs Behind Drake, John Prine, Lauren Daigle and BTS," 17 June 2019 Recently, five-star prospect R.J. Hamption had opted to sign with the New Zealand Breakers in the NBL over a scholarship with Kansas. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "LaMelo Ball announces that he will play in Australia's NBL: 'I'm trying to be the No. 1 pick'," 17 June 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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