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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 For that reason, Zimdancehall has sometimes been co-opted by the same government that many of its artists implicitly criticize. New York Times, "A Music Genre Grows in Zimbabwe, Fueled by Rage Against Authority," 7 Sep. 2019 Even so, recent studies show that people are drinking less sugary drinks, opting instead for healthier choices. Laura Reiley, Anchorage Daily News, "It doesn’t matter if it’s sugary or diet: Study links all soda to an early death," 5 Sep. 2019 Even so, recent studies show that people are drinking less sugary drinks, opting instead for healthier choices. Laura Reiley, Twin Cities, "It doesn’t matter if it’s sugary or diet: New study links all soda to an early death," 5 Sep. 2019 Chief Financial Officer Nelson Chai said in a companywide email this month that Uber would no longer give out employee anniversary balloons, a Silicon Valley tradition, opting instead for stickers. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, "Even after Uber’s IPO, the long shadow of #DeleteUber still looms," 29 Aug. 2019 The company was founded by Fred Koch, a fire-breathing conservative who co-founded the John Birch Society, a secret organization that believed the federal government had been co-opted by Communists. Christopher Leonard For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "David Koch was known for his political influence. This is his business legacy," 23 Aug. 2019 The campaign has rarely held rallies of this magnitude in the summer months, opting instead for smaller, more personal events targeted towards specific audiences or topics. NBC News, "Sanders shakes up staff as campaign enters new phase," 16 Sep. 2019 For this edit, Hannibal completely deconstructed Flume's original, opting instead to made his own track on which to place the London Grammar vocal. Katie Bain, Billboard, "What Does a Flume Disco Remix Sound Like? Robin Hannibal's 'Let You Know' Edit Has the Answer: Exclusive," 12 Sep. 2019 Four-star recruit Terry Armstrong, another wing, was also committed to the Wildcats’ incoming class but opted instead to play overseas in Australia’s National Basketball League. Emily Caron, SI.com, "Nico Mannion Looks Poised to Be the Answer Arizona Needs at Point Guard," 11 Sep. 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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The first known use of opt was in 1853

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English Language Learners Definition of opt

: to choose one thing instead of another

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