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opted; opting; opts

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.


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optical; optician; optics
option; optional

Examples of opt in a Sentence

Verb after that near catastrophe, they opted to reinstate the telephone service
Recent Examples on the Web
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Word History



French opter, from Latin optare

First Known Use


1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of opt was in 1853

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“Opt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opt. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: to make a choice

Medical Definition



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