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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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Jaguars coach Doug Marrone opted to go for the potential win, but Fournette was stopped on a 2-point try upheld by video review. BostonGlobe.com, "With Drew Brees watching from the sideline in Los Angeles with an injured hand, the Rams didn’t need a no-call to beat the New Orleans Saints again.," 16 Sep. 2019 But like the debate’s planners, Booker opted not to use his full time on climate change, shortening his response to go back to a previous question about foreign policy. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "It’s Not That Hard to Have a Substantive Exchange About Global Warming," 13 Sep. 2019 But then the Lobos opted to go for 2 points, and DB Blake Thompson intercepted Simmons’ pass and returned it 99 yards to steal the extra points. Jason Mcdaniel, Houston Chronicle, "Elkins rolls over Chavez to improve to 3-0," 12 Sep. 2019 But the company has opted to focus on its core businesses rather than pursue the acquisition, a person familiar with the matter said. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, "Lionsgate drops out of bidding for Miramax stake," 11 Sep. 2019 The party supply startup with six employees initially opted to build out its own offices, but struggled with a frustrating string of logistical complications—getting hot water being among the to-dos. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Would You Invest In WeWork? Here’s the Bull and Bear Case Before Its IPO," 1 Sep. 2019 The central bank opted for a cut of a quarter of a percentage point, but two of the ratesetters wanted a half-point cut. The Economist, "Business this week," 22 Aug. 2019 But Maduro recently opted not to send envoys to another round of discussions in response to tough new U.S. sanctions against his government. Washington Post, "UN envoy: International aid for Venezuelans falls short," 21 Aug. 2019 But most of the rookie class, including Porter, opted to drop Lamar. Troy L. Smith, cleveland.com, "Cavs rookie Kevin Porter Jr. made a tough choice over the weekend," 12 Aug. 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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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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