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Definition of opt verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

opt

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɒpt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɑːpt//
 
[intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they opt
BrE BrE//ɒpt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɑːpt//
 
he / she / it opts
BrE BrE//ɒpts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɑːpts//
 
past simple opted
BrE BrE//ˈɒptɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːptɪd//
 
past participle opted
BrE BrE//ˈɒptɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːptɪd//
 
-ing form opting
BrE BrE//ˈɒptɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːptɪŋ//
 
 
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to choose to take or not to take a particular course of action opt for/against something After graduating she opted for a career in music. After a lot of thought, I opted against buying a motorbike. opt to do something Many workers opted to leave their jobs rather than take a pay cut. Synonymschooseselect pick decide opt go forThese words all mean to decide which thing or person you want out of the ones that are available.choose to decide which thing or person you want out of the ones that are available:You choose—I can’t decide.select [often passive] to choose somebody/​something, usually carefully, from a group of people or things:He was selected for the team. a randomly selected sample of 23 schoolspick (rather informal) to choose somebody/​something from a group of people or things:She picked the best cake for herself.choose, select or pick?Choose is the most general of these words and the only one that can be used without an object. When you select something, you choose it carefully, unless you actually say that it is selected randomly/​at random. Pick is a more informal word and often a less careful action, used especially when the choice being made is not very important.decide to choose between two or more possibilities:We’re still trying to decide on a venue.opt to choose to take or not to take a particular course of action:After graduating she opted for a career in music. After a lot of thought, I opted against buying a motorbike.go for something (rather informal) to choose something:I think I’ll go for the fruit salad.Patterns to choose/​select/​pick/​decide between A and/​or B to choose/​select/​pick A from B to opt/​go for somebody/​something to choose/​decide/​opt to do something to choose/​select/​pick somebody/​something carefully/​at random randomly chosen/​selected/​picked Word Origin late 19th cent.: from French opter, from Latin optare ‘choose, wish’.Extra examples their decision to opt for English as the official language Employees may opt out of the company’s pension plan. The Cabinet was split over whether Britain should opt in or out of European economic union. Phrasal Verbsopt in (to something)opt out (of something)
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