the power or right of choosing.
something that may be or is chosen; choice.
the act of choosing.
an item of equipment or a feature that may be chosen as an addition to or replacement for standard equipment and features: a car with a long list of extra-cost options;a telephoto lens option for a camera.
a privilege acquired, as by the payment of a premium or consideration, of demanding, within a specified time, the carrying out of a transaction upon stipulated terms; the right, as granted in a contract or by an initial payment, of acquiring something in the future: We bought one lot and took a 90-day option on an adjoining one.
Football. a play in which a back has a choice of either passing or running with the ball.
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.
- op·tion·a·ble, adjective
- pre·op·tion, noun
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How to use option in a sentence
These cables work and have pulled uncountable numbers of ATVs out of compromised positions, but there is a better option.
Although all useful, there are also unique designs options that won’t butt against the overall look and feel of your workspace.
They gave us all the option to defer for the whole semester.Even the most cautious schools are seeing outbreaks | Sy Mukherjee | September 17, 2020 | Fortune
Infeed ads take the full screen, but users have an option to skip them.
Then there’s “challenge,” a new option for coaches this season.Don’t Blame The Refs For All Of These Replay Reviews | Jared Dubin | September 17, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Judging from current figures, there would be a substantial demand for this option, too.
In all likelihood this last option is what we will get for the foreseeable future.In the Middle East, the Two-State Solution Is Dead | Dean Obeidallah | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
For everybody else, public schools were the only option—and these institutions often had an abysmal record.
That we should attack one week and the French another week is rotten tactically; but, practically, we have no option.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
A term may also continue during the option of either of the parties to be ended on notice by the party exercising the option.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
In taking them up, the earth may be (p. 434) allowed to remain on the roots, or shaken off, at the option of the grower.
When the plants are to be hung on lath they may be wilted before "stringing" or not, at the option of the grower.
The "wrappers" should be cased by themselves and "the seconds" and "fillers" together or separate at the option of the packer.
British Dictionary definitions for option
the act or an instance of choosing or deciding
the power or liberty to choose
an exclusive opportunity, usually for a limited period, to buy something at a future date: he has a six-month option on the Canadian rights to this book
commerce the right to buy (call option) or sell (put option) a fixed quantity of a commodity, security, foreign exchange, etc, at a fixed price at a specified date in the future: See also traded option
something chosen; choice
NZ short for local option
keep one's options open or leave one's options open not to commit oneself
See soft option
(tr) to obtain or grant an option on
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