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verb (used without object)
  1. to make a choice; choose (usually followed by for).
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Verb Phrases
  1. opt out, to decide to leave or withdraw: to opt out of the urban rat race and move to the countryside.
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Origin of opt

1875–80; < French opter to choose, divide < Latin optāre to wish for, desire, pray for, choose, select
Related formsun·opt·ed, adjective

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Related Words for opt out

quit, withdraw, leave, reject

British Dictionary definitions for opt out

opt out

verb
  1. (intr, adverb often foll by of) to choose not to be involved (in) or part (of)
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noun opt-out
  1. the act of opting out, esp of local-authority administrationopt-outs by hospitals and schools
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opt

verb
  1. (when intr, foll by for) to show preference (for) or choose (to do something)See also opt in See also opt out
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Word Origin for opt

C19: from French opter, from Latin optāre to choose
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Word Origin and History for opt out

opt

v.

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with opt out

opt out

Choose not to participate, as in Our school opted out of the state competition. [Slang; mid-1900s]

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