- 1A thing that is or may be chosen: choose the cheapest options for supplying energyMore example sentences
- Most of the time will be spent on the chosen option but each participant will get some experience of the other areas.
- Mr Daley says apart from the high costs involved, the layout of the building meant the work, which would include widening corridors, was not a practical option.
- A grape vine needs five years to come into commercial production, so leasing is not a practical option.
- 1.1 [in singular] The freedom or right to choose something: she was given the option of resigning or being dismissed he has no option but to pay upMore example sentences
- The drivers were given the option of taking a route of their own choice between Grafton and the Gold Coast.
- When people were given the option of not having their name listed, many demurred, and the list became incomplete and not very useful.
- I have asked many married couples I know whether they would, if given the option, trade in their marriages for a civil union.
- 1.2A right to buy or sell a particular thing at a specified price within a set time: Columbia Pictures has an option on the scriptMore example sentences
- This relief does not apply if the shareholders in the target company retain an option to sell their shares to another company.
- In technical terms, the new chief executive is entitled to be granted an option to buy ordinary shares.
- This involves buying and selling futures or options on shares, bonds or currencies.
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- Buy or sell an option on: his second script will have been optioned by the time you read thisMore example sentences
- Their books are selling overseas, being optioned for movies and TV shows.
- Wendy Morton may be a poet, but she should considering optioning her life story.
- Hirsh has optioned William Weintraub's City Unique: Montreal Days and Nights in the 1940s and '50s.
keep (or leave) one's options open
- Not commit oneself: he aims to keep his options open by also trying for the export marketMore example sentences
- I think both have left their options open, but neither knows what to do.
- He was leaving his options open by acting as if he were going to run.
- Maybe if you were in a different profession you could, so you leave your options open, which is what I do.
not be an option
- Not be feasible: travelling by road is not an option hereMore example sentences
- And, for Kilby, coming second wasn't an option.
- Killing the guy sitting next to him wasn't an option.
- But when the blizzard hit, that suddenly wasn't an option anymore.
mid 16th century: from French, or from Latin optio(n-), from the stem of optare 'choose'. The verb dates from the 1930s.