- the power or right of choosing.
- something that may be or is chosen; choice.
- the act of choosing.
- an item of equipment or a feature that may be chosen as an addition to or replacement for standard equipment and features: a car with a long list of extra-cost options; a telephoto lens option for a camera.
- stock option.
- a privilege acquired, as by the payment of a premium or consideration, of demanding, within a specified time, the carrying out of a transaction upon stipulated terms; the right, as granted in a contract or by an initial payment, of acquiring something in the future: We bought one lot and took a 90-day option on an adjoining one.
- Football. a play in which a back has a choice of either passing or running with the ball.
- to acquire or grant an option on: The studio has optioned his latest novel for film adaptation.
- to provide with optional equipment: The car can be fully optioned at additional cost.
Origin of option
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Examples from the Web for optioned
Franco optioned the tome back in March 2011, and will star and direct the flick.James Franco Shot His New Movie at the Venice Film Festival and I Was in It
September 5, 2014
The book was optioned to HBO in 2011, around the time evangelist Harold Camping claimed The Rapture would occur—on May 21, 2011.From ‘Lost’ to The Rapture: Creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta on HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’
June 24, 2014
Although it was just published, Shirley has already been optioned by HBO for a two-hour movie.The Fiction Writer Shirley Jackson Stars in Her Own Novel
June 18, 2014
Oh, and no truth to the rumor that director Michael Bay has since optioned a script titled Hotelicopter: The Reckoning.5 Epic April Fool’s Day Pranks
April 1, 2014
A year later Galveston got published, and it was optioned for very little money.Inside the Obsessive, Strange Mind of True Detective’s Nic Pizzolatto
February 4, 2014
Somebody'd optioned another planet in the same system, and I hadn't counted on the competition.Citadel
Algirdas Jonas Budrys
The past four years Alfred had optioned as many different farms, always dissuaded by the wife to give them up.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
He optioned those four gaps at a low purchase price that was absurd.The Trail of the Lonesome Pine
John Fox, Jr.
- the act or an instance of choosing or deciding
- the power or liberty to choose
- an exclusive opportunity, usually for a limited period, to buy something at a future datehe has a six-month option on the Canadian rights to this book
- commerce the right to buy (call option) or sell (put option) a fixed quantity of a commodity, security, foreign exchange, etc, at a fixed price at a specified date in the futureSee also traded option
- something chosen; choice
- NZ short for local option
- keep one's options open or leave one's options open not to commit oneself
- See soft option
- (tr) to obtain or grant an option on
Word Origin and History for optioned
c.1600, "action of choosing," from French option (Old French opcion), from Latin optionem (nominative optio) "choice, free choice, liberty to choose," from root of optare "to desire, choose," from PIE root *op- "to choose, prefer." Meaning "thing that may be chosen" is attested from 1885. Commercial transaction sense first recorded 1755 (the verb in this sense is from 1934). As a North American football play, it is recorded from 1954.