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[opt] /ɒpt/
verb (used without object)
to make a choice; choose (usually followed by for).
Verb phrases
opt out, to decide to leave or withdraw:
to opt out of the urban rat race and move to the countryside.
Origin of opt
1875-80; < French opter to choose, divide < Latin optāre to wish for, desire, pray for, choose, select
Related forms
unopted, adjective
1. select, pick, elect, prefer. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • If these Germans had been consulted they would naturally have opted for Yugoslavia.

  • Britain opted to keep the discretion to use public funds and the clout that comes with it in the hands of the political level.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
British Dictionary definitions for opted


when intr, foll by for. to show preference (for) or choose (to do something) See also opt in See also opt out
Word Origin
C19: from French opter, from Latin optāre to choose
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Word Origin and History for opted



1877, from French opter "to choose" (16c.), from Latin optare "choose, desire" (see option). To opt out is attested from 1922. Related: Opted; opting.

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