There are 2 main definitions of opt out in English:

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1Choose not to participate in something: you can opt out of the state pension scheme
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  • 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.
1.1British (Of a school or hospital) decide to withdraw from local authority control: opting out might allow schools greater freedom
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  • Primary schools, for example, will be allowed to opt out of local authority control and become ‘foundation’ schools with control of their own budgets.
  • Moreover, schools and hospitals were encouraged to opt out of local authority control, compete with one another, and manage their own budgets.
  • The latter were state schools that opted out of local authority control and voted to obtain funding directly from the government.
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There are 2 main definitions of opt out in English:

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1An instance of choosing not to participate in something: opt-outs from key parts of the treaty
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  • But as the public backlash grows against the latest opt-outs, some doctors are studying in secret and choosing not to tell their colleagues and patients about the part-time nursing classes.
  • The Irish opt-out is therefore essentially meaningless because this tax will still hit people trying to travel into Ireland, including Irish people returning from abroad.
  • He said that if the Government successfully negotiated the defence opt-out, the leaders of his organisation would not campaign again against the treaty in a new referendum.
1.1British An instance of a school or hospital withdrawing from local authority control: opponents to the opt-out can lodge objections with the Education Secretary
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  • There will be all sorts of opt-outs and parents won't have a fair idea of how schools are performing.

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