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English definition of “option”


noun [C]    /ˈɑp·ʃən/
one thing that can be chosen from a set of possibilities , or the freedom to make a choice : The program helps students explore career options. An option is also a part of a contract that allows for something to happen in the future : He decided to exercise an option to break the team’s lease on the stadium .
(Definition of option noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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