I. noun Etymology: French, from Latin option-, optio free choice; akin to Latin optare to choose Date: 1593 1. an act of choosing 2. a. the power or right to choose ; freedom of choice b. a privilege of demanding fulfillment of a contract on any day within a specified time c. a contract conveying a right to buy or sell designated securities, commodities, or property interest at a specified price during a stipulated period; also the right conveyed by an option d. a right of an insured person to choose the form in which payments due on a policy shall be made or applied 3. something that may be chosen: as a. an alternative course of action <
didn't have many options open
b. an item that is offered in addition to or in place of standard equipment 4. an offensive football play in which a back may choose whether to pass or run with the ball — called also option play Synonyms: see choice II. transitive verb Date: 1926 1. to grant or take an option on 2. to acquire the exclusive right to use (an author's work) as the basis for a motion picture <
the studio optioned the novel for a film

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  • option — op·tion 1 / äp shən/ n 1: the power or right to choose; also: a choice made or available 2: a privilege of demanding fulfillment of a contract on any day within a specified time 3: a contract conveying in exchange for the payment of a premium a… …   Law dictionary

  • option — [ ɔpsjɔ̃ ] n. f. • v. 1190; lat. optio 1 ♦ Faculté, action d opter. ⇒ choix. « La nécessité de l option me fut toujours intolérable » (A. Gide). « Ou pendus, ou noyés, nous n avions pas d autre option » (Hugo). ⇒ 1. alternative. Matières, textes… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Option — Op tion, n. [L. optio; akin to optare to choose, wish, optimus best, and perh. to E. apt: cf. F. option.] 1. The power of choosing; the right of choice or election; an alternative. [1913 Webster] There is an option left to the United States of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Option — may refer to Contents 1 Legal rights 2 Sport 3 Computing 4 Publications 5 History …   Wikipedia

  • Option — (lat. optio „freier Wille“) bezeichnet eine Wahlmöglichkeit, siehe Alternative in der Wirtschaft ein Kauf bzw. Verkaufsrecht, siehe Option (Wirtschaft) in der Informatik eine Einstellung oder Parameter, siehe Parameter (Informatik) ein nach… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Option — Sf Möglichkeit, Vorkaufsrecht per. Wortschatz fach. (20. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus l. optio ( ōnis) freier Wille, freie Wahl, Belieben .    Ebenso nndl. optie, ne. option, nfrz. option, nschw. option, nnorw. opsjon; adoptieren. lateinisch l …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • option — Option. s. f. v. Pouvoir, faculté d opter. Cela est, cela n est pas à vostre option. je laisse cela à vostre option. je vous donne l option de ces deux choses là …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • option — [äp′shən] n. [Fr < L optio < optare, to wish, desire, ult. < IE * op , to choose, prefer] 1. the act of choosing; choice 2. the power, right, or liberty of choosing 3. a) something that is or can be chosen; choice b) an optional item… …   English World dictionary

  • option — (n.) c.1600, action of choosing, from Fr. option, from L. optionem (nom. optio) choice, free choice, related to optare to desire, choose, from PIE root *op to choose, prefer. Meaning thing that may be chosen is attested from 1885. Commercial… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Option — (v. lat.), 1) Willkür, freie Wahl, Befugniß zu wählen, daher Optionsrecht (Optionis jus), Wahl , Kührrecht; 2) der Erwerb einer vacant gewordenen Kirchenpfründe durch die Wahl des Erwerbenden. Das Optionsrecht bestimmte sich nach dem Alter der… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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