- 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 opts
For instance, South Dakota celebrates a Native American Day, while Alaska opts instead for Alaska Day on Oct. 18.Keep the Holiday, Lose Columbus
October 13, 2014
Or two, Grimes opts out of the race for another campaign, leaving McConnell with no serious opponent.How Kentucky Democrats Duped the MSM and Helped Elbow Out Ashley Judd
April 1, 2013
[HuffPo] Givenchy Opts out of Couture: Sound the fashion alarm—Givenchy is skipping Couture Fashion Week this January.Anna Wintour Reportedly Still in Ambassadorship Running, Givenchy Opts Out of Couture
The Fashion Beast Team
December 20, 2012
Tired of policing his 5-year-old son Alexander, Carr opts for a policy of Just Say Yes.Freestyle Fatherhood
October 10, 2009
Word Origin and History for opts
1877, from French opter "to choose" (16c.), from Latin optare "choose, desire" (see option). To opt out is attested from 1922. Related: Opted; opting.