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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 There’s no certainty any fresh bids will emerge for G4S as the company and its advisers gauge potential interest, and the British firm may opt to remain publicly listed, the people said. Ruth David, Bloomberg.com, "G4S Said to Court Allied Universal in Attempt to Fend Off Garda," 9 Oct. 2020 The state could also improve by investing in more robust outreach encouraging families to enroll in health coverage, Mandle said, and could opt to provide insurance to undocumented children who are currently ineligible. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Report: Utah’s rate of uninsured kids is 6th highest in the nation," 9 Oct. 2020 Carnival krewes that opt not to roll their parades during the 2021 Carnival season because of concerns about the coronavirus will not lose their place in the city's parade order, Mayor LaToya Cantrell said on Thursday. Jeff Adelson, NOLA.com, "Mardi Gras krewes that cancel 2021 parades can keep their spots, LaToya Cantrell says," 8 Oct. 2020 This year has been a non-traditional year in many ways, so why not opt for a non-traditional Halloween color scheme too? Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "9 Pink Halloween Decor Ideas We’ve Already Added to Our Carts," 7 Oct. 2020 Superintendent Sean Bulson said that would likely depend on how many students opt to continue learning fully virtually. S. Wayne Carter Jr., baltimoresun.com, "Some Harford teachers, set to return to classroom next week, allowed to continue telework under ADA," 7 Oct. 2020 Voters age 65 and older (dark blue line) turned sharply positive whenever Mr. Biden defended mailed ballots as secure and noted that millions would opt to use them because of the pandemic. Thomas Di Fonzo And Aaron Zitner, WSJ, "What Americans Thought of the First Presidential Debate," 1 Oct. 2020 Ocean also directed viewers to a link, blonded.co, where viewers can register to vote, check their registration statuses, view an early voting calendar, opt to vote by mail, get election reminders, and more. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Frank Ocean Speaks Out After the Presidential Debate: “It all feels fake. The problem’s that it’s not."," 30 Sep. 2020 The restart of in-person learning has been a touchy subject and has already been postponed twice, as more parents of New York's roughly 1.1 million public school students opt instead for remote classes. CBS News, "New York City warns of "alarming" COVID hotspots as school leaders lose faith in the mayor," 28 Sep. 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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14 Oct 2020

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“Opt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opt. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of opt

: to choose one thing instead of another

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