Definition of opt in English:

opt

Pronunciation /äpt/ /ɑpt/

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intransitive verb

[no object]
  • Make a choice from a range of possibilities.

    ‘consumers will opt for low-priced goods’
    • ‘students opting to continue with physics’
    • ‘It also means exercising regularly and opting for active living choices rather than the lazy ones.’
    • ‘Parents opting for single-sex schools take other factors into account, though.’
    • ‘Fewer students than ever are opting to study maths at a higher level.’
    • ‘With so many choices at her fingertips, she has opted for delicate, minute alterations.’
    • ‘Police gave her the choice of a fine or going to court and Berthelsen opted for a trial.’
    • ‘Ann opted for a piece of caramelised apple tart and my choice was carrot cake.’
    • ‘The idea that they opted for such a lifestyle out of choice is both heartless and fanciful.’
    • ‘Faced with the prospect of crippling student debts, many are opting to skip university and get on the career ladder.’
    • ‘There remain some issues to resolve and a few players are still opting to continue their boycott.’
    • ‘Instead of laser vision correction he opted to have a lens placed behind the pupils of his eyes.’
    • ‘It will also give him another option if the selectors decide to opt for the extra bowler.’
    • ‘Couples who opt to live more simply can still live on a single income, he suggested.’
    • ‘Always opt for four individual shots if possible so that you can choose the best of the four.’
    • ‘That may not seem like a big drop, especially if Treasury opts for the high end of the range.’
    • ‘On her latest, Stone opts for original material, with mixed results.’
    • ‘The City of Toronto opts to provide streetcar service to its new boroughs itself under the Toronto Civic Railways name.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, he should be financially secure for life when he opts to cash in his shares, though he says he is having too much fun at the moment to think about doing so.’
    • ‘The judge opts to decide later on what to do about the infuriating kid.’
    • ‘Fortunately this doesn't happen and much to my relief, Sky decides to leave the dreadlocked wig and opts for the blonde one.’
    • ‘But on that subject is it really anyone's business if a friend opts not to send you a bill for a job done?’
    choose, select, pick, pick out, decide on, go for, settle on, plump for, plump on, single out, take, fix on
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Phrasal Verbs

    opt out
    • 1Choose not to participate in something.

      • ‘they had both opted out of the medical plan’
      1. 1.1British (of a school or hospital) decide to withdraw from local authority control.
        • ‘opting out might allow schools greater freedom’
    opt in
    • Choose to participate in something.

      • ‘the database would not include a person's name unless he opted in’

Origin

Late 19th century from French opter, from Latin optare ‘choose, wish’.