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optar

Translation of optar in English:

verbo intransitivo/intransitive verb

  • 1 (decidirse) optar por algo to choose sth, opt for sth optó por el premio en metálico he opted for o/or chose the cash prize optar por + infinitivo/infinitive to choose o/or opt to + infinitivo/infinitive optó por callarse she chose o/or opted to keep quiet
  • 2optar a algo [a una plaza/un puesto] to apply for sth solo los licenciados en Medicina pueden optar a esta plaza only medical graduates may apply for o/or are eligible for this post, this post is only open to graduates in medicine un atleta que puede optar a una medalla an athlete with a chance of winning a medal

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