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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
op•tion /ˈɑpʃən/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
v. [~ + object]
- the power or right of choosing[uncountable]to have no option but to stay.
- something that may be chosen; choice[countable]Your options are law school or taking a job.
- an item of equipment or an extra feature that may be chosen[countable]The car had several options like power windows and a CD player.
op•tion•al•ly, adv. See -opt-.
- to take or grant an option on.
- the power or right of choosing.
- something that may be or is chosen;
- the act of choosing.
- an item of equipment or a feature that may be chosen as an addition to or replacement for standard equipment and features: a car with a long list of extra-cost options;
a telephoto lens option for a camera.
- See stock option.
- a privilege acquired, as by the payment of a premium or consideration, of demanding, within a specified time, the carrying out of a transaction upon stipulated terms;
the right, as granted in a contract or by an initial payment, of acquiring something in the future:We bought one lot and took a 90-day option on an adjoining one.
- [Football.]a play in which a back has a choice of either passing or running with the ball.
- to acquire or grant an option on:The studio has optioned his latest novel for film adaptation.
- to provide with optional equipment:The car can be fully optioned at additional cost.
2 . See choice. 2, 3 . selection, election.
- Latin optiōn- (stem of optiō) choice, equivalent. to op(tāre) to select (see opt) + -tiōn- -tion
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
option /ˈɒpʃən/ n
- the act or an instance of choosing or deciding
- the power or liberty to choose
- an exclusive opportunity, usually for a limited period, to buy something at a future date: he has a six-month option on the Canadian rights to this book
- the right to buy (call option) or sell (put option) a fixed quantity of a commodity, security, foreign exchange, etc, at a fixed price at a specified date in the future
See also traded option
- something chosen; choice
- keep one's options open, leave one's options open ⇒ not to commit oneself
- See soft option
Etymology: 17th Century: from Latin optiō free choice, from optāre to choose
- (transitive) to obtain or grant an option on
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