Definition of opt in English:

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Pronunciation: /äpt/


[no object]
Make a choice from a range of possibilities: consumers will opt for low-priced goods [with infinitive]: students opting to continue with physics
More example sentences
  • 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.
choose, select, pick (out), decide on, go for, settle on, take

Phrasal verbs

opt out

Choose not to participate in or carry on with something: they had both opted out of the medical plan
More example sentences
  • Last spring, he opted out of football drills and chose instead to pitch for the USC baseball team, taking the hill in nine games.
  • A little-debated provision in the 1996 welfare reform law mandates a lifetime ban on welfare and food stamps for drug offenders, although New York is one of eight states that have opted out of the ban.
  • After the arrangements were made, Love opted out of the event altogether, as she reportedly ‘missed her plane’ from Los Angeles.


Late 19th century: from French opter, from Latin optare 'choose, wish'.

Words that rhyme with opt

adopt, co-opt, Copt

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Syllabification: opt

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