Meaning of “opt out” in the English Dictionary

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"opt out" in British English

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opt out

phrasal verb with opt uk /ɒpt/ us /ɑːpt/ verb [ I ]

to choose not to be part of an activity or to stop being involved in it:

Within any society, there will usually be people who decide to opt out (= choose not to live the way most people do).
Employees can choose to opt out of the pension scheme.

opt-outnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɒpt.aʊt/ us /ˈɑːpt.aʊt/

a situation in which some members of a group choose not to join or be involved in an activity:

Since the opt-out, the hospital has been responsible for its own budgeting.

(Definition of “opt out” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"opt out" in Business English

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opt out

phrasal verb with opt uk /ɒpt/ us verb [ I ]

to choose not to be part of an activity, arrangement, etc.:

New employees are automatically enrolled in the union, unless they opt out.

opt-outnoun [ C ]

uk us

a situation in which some members of a group have the right not to join or be involved in a process:

The President of the European Union added: "I think it is better to have opt-outs for one or two countries".
an opt-out from/on sth There is an opt-out for these employees from the requirement to have health coverage.
opt-out clause/provision/agreement The contract bans opt-out agreements for employees on probation.
opt-out feature/policy/process Privacy groups criticized the opt-out feature, because it appears in a pop-up window for only a few seconds before disappearing.

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(Definition of “opt out” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)