Definition of option in English:

option

Line breaks: op¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˈɒpʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

1A thing that is or may be chosen: choose the cheapest options for supplying energy
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  • 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.
Synonyms
choice, alternative, recourse, possibility, course of action; freedom of choice, power to choose, right to choose
informal bet
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 up
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  • 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 script
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  • 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.

verb

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Buy or sell an option on: his second script will have been optioned by the time you read this
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  • 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.

Origin

mid 16th century: from French, or from Latin optio(n-), from the stem of optare 'choose'. The verb dates from the 1930s.

Phrases

keep (or leave) one's options open

Not commit oneself: he aims to keep his options open by also trying for the export market
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  • 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 here
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  • 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.

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