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option

noun uk   /ˈɒp.ʃən/ us    /ˈɑːp-/
B1 [C or U] one thing that can be chosen from a set of possibilities, or the freedom to make a choice: The best option would be to cancel the trip altogether. There are various options open to someone who is willing to work hard. They didn't leave him much option - either he paid or they'd beat him up. [C] specialized finance & economics the right to buy something in the future: a share option The publishers decided not to take up their option on the paperback version. have no option (but to do something) C1 to have to do a particular thing because there is no possibility of doing anything else: After her appalling behaviour, we had no option but to dismiss her.
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