- to make a choice; choose (usually followed by for).
- opt out, to decide to leave or withdraw: to opt out of the urban rat race and move to the countryside.
Origin of opt
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Examples from the Web for opting
Many of them do not have the choice of opting out of their planned futures as the breadwinners.Stepford Sororities: The Pressures of USC’s Greek Life
Maya Richard Craven
November 17, 2014
Instead, Clohessy accuses Cardinal George and dozens of his clerical colleagues of opting to put their own reputations first.Chicago Priests Raped and Pillaged for 50 Years
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 7, 2014
Sadly, no one helps him, opting instead to scream and run—but can you blame them?Breakdancing Brad Pitt, Chainsaw Massacre Prank, and More Viral Videos
The Daily Beast Video
October 19, 2014
But opting for immediate gratification and having the universe influence our agenda keep long-term goals outside our grasp.Willpower: Our Greatest Strength?
September 11, 2014
While television ratings remain high (and Super Bowl ad rates are likely to set a new record), more boys are opting out.The Opt-Out Economy
December 16, 2013
Word Origin and History for opting
1877, from French opter "to choose" (16c.), from Latin optare "choose, desire" (see option). To opt out is attested from 1922. Related: Opted; opting.