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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

Verb after that near catastrophe, they opted to reinstate the telephone service
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Under the policy, issued Monday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, international students won’t be allowed to enter or remain in the country if their universities opt to teach classes entirely online this fall. Michelle Hackman And Melissa Korn, WSJ, "New U.S. Rules on Foreign Students Put Universities in Dilemma," 7 July 2020 The team might opt instead for another day of live batting practice. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Diamondbacks delay Monday afternoon workout, wait for test results," 7 July 2020 From there, on your Bluetooth-capable device, opt to connect to the keyboard. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "You’d be hard-pressed to find a better typing experience than the $39.99 Logitech K380," 7 July 2020 Health care workers bound by non-competes may opt to remain quiet instead of speaking up about unsafe conditions. Sandeep Vaheesan For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Doctors, nurses and patients could suffer if Congress doesn't outlaw these contracts," 6 July 2020 In return, if users opt in, their data can be accessed by law enforcement. CBS News, "How a discarded cigarette led to an arrest in Idaho teen Angie Dodge's cold case murder," 27 June 2020 Yzerman could also opt to add a forward who could help a team that desperately needs an offensive juggernaut. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Steve Yzerman hopeful fourth pick in NHL draft can boost Detroit Red Wings' rebuild," 27 June 2020 Do developers opt their iPhone apps in to the Mac App Store, or opt out of it? Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Gaming on Apple platforms is set for some big changes—here are a few," 26 June 2020 Most visitors opt for one of the nearly two-hour, $50 affairs, where sipping occurs on the dock or the pool house. Matt Kettmann, SFChronicle.com, "Pence Vineyards crafts fresh wines in Sta. Rita Hills," 25 June 2020

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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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10 Jul 2020

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“Opt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opt. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of opt

: to choose one thing instead of another

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