Meaning of “opt” in the English Dictionary

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"opt" in British English

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optverb [ I ]

uk /ɒpt/ us /ɑːpt/

C1 to make a choice, especially of one thing or possibility instead of others:

Mike opted for early retirement.
[ + to infinitive ] Most people opt to have the operation.

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  • Many students opt for business studies simply because it sounds like a passport to a good job.
  • During the recession, the government opted for a policy of pay/wage restraint rather than a reduction in public investment.
  • Instead of paying in one lump sum, he opted to pay in monthly instalments.
  • Many commuters are opting to cycle to work.
  • Both boys opted for the Navy when they left school.

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

"opt" in American English

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optverb [ I ]

us /ɑpt/

to make a choice, esp. for one thing or possibility in preference to any others:

Instead of a soft drink, she opted for water.
He opted out of the health insurance plan (= chose not to be a part of it).

(Definition of “opt” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"opt" in Business English

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optverb [ I ]

uk /ɒpt/ us

to choose one thing or possibility rather than others:

opt for sth Mike opted for early retirement.
opt to do sth Customers can opt to receive their statements online rather than through the mail.

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