\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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The Bucks opted to prepare for that possibility and let the market decide what would happen next. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks rescind qualifying offer; Jabari Parker joins Chicago Bulls," 14 July 2018 Media: Buzz 60 For Wednesday evening, Mrs. Trump opted for a white, tea-length cocktail dress by the Lebanese designer Elie Saab. Robin Givhan, Houston Chronicle, "Nothing else Melania Trump wears will ever matter again," 13 July 2018 Eventually, JetBlue opted to seek regulatory approval to instead shift the Mexico City to its Northeast hubs at New York JFK and Boston, according to FlightGlobal. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "JetBlue: Mexico City non-stops now on sale from NYC, Boston," 12 July 2018 While there were a few brave souls who wore (and slayed) their long hair and big 'fros, more celebs opted for updos — especially for a full day of press and parties. refinery29.com, "7 Celebrity Summer Updos That Beat The Essence Fest Heat," 12 July 2018 And, just the night before at a Glencairn House reception, the couple also opted for some of their typical shy PDA by arriving holding hands for the occasion. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Haven't Been Afraid of PDA on Their Trip to Dublin," 11 July 2018 Richardson ultimately opted for the security of a four-year, $42 million extension, rather than becoming a free agent this summer. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Josh Richardson takes in Heat summer loss, opines on Ellington, Winslow, World Cup," 7 July 2018 Anthony opted into the final year of his contract and did not join the 2018 free agency class. Chris Chavez, SI.com, "Report: Thunder Working On Parting Ways With Carmelo Anthony Via Trade, Stretch Provision," 6 July 2018 Lately, however, Winter has opted for glam looks on the red carpet, including the premieres of Pacific Rim Uprising and The Last Movie Star. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Ariel Winter Steps Out in Shirt That Asks, 'Do My Nipples Offend You?'," 11 July 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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playful or foolish behavior

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