[ op-shuhn ]
/ ˈɒp ʃən /


verb (used with object)

to acquire or grant an option on: The studio has optioned his latest novel for film adaptation.
to provide with optional equipment: The car can be fully optioned at additional cost.

Origin of option

1595–1605; < Latin optiōn- (stem of optiō) choice, equivalent to op(tāre) to select (see opt) + -tiōn- -tion

Related forms

op·tion·a·ble, adjectivepre·op·tion, noun

Synonym study

2. See choice.
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British Dictionary definitions for option


/ (ˈɒpʃən) /



(tr) to obtain or grant an option on

Word Origin for option

C17: from Latin optiō free choice, from optāre to choose
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