- 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
1875–80; < French opter to choose, divide < Latin optāre to wish for, desire, pray for, choose, select
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- (intr, adverb often foll by of) to choose not to be involved (in) or part (of)
- the act of opting out, esp of local-authority administrationopt-outs by hospitals and schools
Word Origin for opt
C19: from French opter, from Latin optāre to choose
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
1877, from French opter "to choose" (16c.), from Latin optare "choose, desire" (see option). To opt out is attested from 1922. Related: Opted; opting.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Choose not to participate, as in Our school opted out of the state competition. [Slang; mid-1900s]
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