verb (used with object)
Origin of option
Examples from the Web for option
I understand that this is human trafficking, but I know that my people have no other option.
This simply is not an option for ACC to source indeterminately.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says|Dave Majumdar|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Judging from current figures, there would be a substantial demand for this option, too.
For everybody else, public schools were the only option—and these institutions often had an abysmal record.
The only option was to get through the night and run away.
A player who gives the odds of a piece, may give it each game from the king's or queen's side, at his option.Mrs. Hale's Receipts for the Million|Sarah Josepha Hale
It is not a fair way of going to work—the fish has no option.
It would seem too much like a week-end experiment, without the option of parting when the week was ended.The Kingdom Round the Corner|Coningsby Dawson
Option by a husband will cover his wife, and option by parents will cover their children under 18 years of age.
Yet Clara realized that Morel was withdrawing from the circle, leaving her the option to stay with her husband.Sons and Lovers|David Herbert Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for option
Word Origin for option
Word Origin and History for option
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.