opt out

opt out
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [opt out]
    • /ɒpt aʊt/
    • /ɒpt ˈaʊt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [opt out]
    • /ɒpt aʊt/

Definitions of opt out words

  • verb without object opt out to make a choice; choose (usually followed by for). 1
  • intransitivephrasal verb opt out exclude yourself 1
  • phrasal verb opt out If you opt out of something, you choose to be no longer involved in it. 0
  • adjective opt out An opt-out school or hospital has chosen to leave local government control and manage itself using national government money. 0
  • countable noun opt out You can refer to the action taken by a school or hospital in which they choose not to be controlled by a local government authority as an opt-out. 0
  • adjective opt out An opt-out clause in an agreement gives people the choice not to be involved in one part of that agreement. 0

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Origin of opt out

First appearance:

before 1875
One of the 25% newest English words
1875-80; < French opter to choose, divide < Latin optāre to wish for, desire, pray for, choose, select

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Parts of speech for Opt out


opt out popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 86% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

opt out usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for opt out

verb opt out

  • abandon — If you abandon a place, thing, or person, you leave the place, thing, or person permanently or for a long time, especially when you should not do so.
  • abdicate — If a king or queen abdicates, he or she gives up being king or queen.
  • beaching — an expanse of sand or pebbles along a shore.
  • bolt — A bolt is a long metal object which screws into a nut and is used to fasten things together.

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