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English definition of “option”

option

noun
 
 
/ˈɒpʃən/
B1 [C] a choice: That's an option you might like to consider. We don't have many options. [+ of + doing sth] You always have the option of not attending.Taking and choosing
have no option (but to do sth) to not have the possibility of doing something else: We didn't want to dismiss him, but we had no option.Taking and choosingLack of freedom to act
keep/leave your options open to wait and not make a decision or choice yet → See also soft optionTaking and choosing
(Definition of option from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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