verb (used with object)
Origin of option
Synonyms for option
Examples from the Web for option
Contemporary Examples of option
I understand that this is human trafficking, but I know that my people have no other option.Ghost Ships of the Mediterranean
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 6, 2015
This simply is not an option for ACC to source indeterminately.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says
January 5, 2015
Judging from current figures, there would be a substantial demand for this option, too.Men Will Someday Have Kids Without Women
January 3, 2015
For everybody else, public schools were the only option—and these institutions often had an abysmal record.Your Local School Doesn’t Have to Suck
Michael S. Roth
December 17, 2014
The only option was to get through the night and run away.Beaten By His Church for Being Gay
December 16, 2014
Historical Examples of option
What a fatality, that you have no better an option—either a Scylla or a Charybdis.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
You should go, see Von Brent, and get a renewal of the option.
I want that twenty thousand pounds before the option ceases.'
Also I should like to see a copy of the option, or the original document by which you hold the mine.'
Von Brent is the owner of the mine, and the man who gave John the option.
Word Origin 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.