opt out


opted out; opting out; opts out

intransitive verb

: to choose not to participate in something
often used with of
opted out of the project

Examples of opt out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The next year, Bart was thrust into the starting job in the majors when Posey opted out of the pandemic season, despite not playing a game above Double-A. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 31 Mar. 2024 The family of five will shift tradition by opting out of the royals’ Easter services at Windsor Castle on Sunday and instead spend the weekend privately at home. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 29 Mar. 2024 It was amended to only ban firearms at schools, from preschool to college, as well as polling places, the state legislature and local government buildings, though local governments could opt out. Nick Coltrain, The Denver Post, 28 Mar. 2024 In Lisa Ko’s ambitious, messy novel, characters disappear, sell out, and opt out, all in search of a meaningful existence. Lily Meyer, The Atlantic, 27 Mar. 2024 Some people take great pains to opt out as much as possible. Lindsey Witmer Collins, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 But after opting out in July, Raskin largely stayed quiet on the race. Erin Cox, Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2024 Those students should be allowed to opt out of music class or engage in alternative activities during that time. USA TODAY, 19 Mar. 2024 The states and territories that have chosen to opt out of daylight saving have done so for a variety of reasons. Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 9 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of opt out was in 1951

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“Opt out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opt%20out. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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