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option

op·tion

option

 
 
pronunciation:
ap shn
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Word Combinations (noun), Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the right, power, or freedom to choose.
She has the option to work at home or at the office.
synonyms:
choice, discretion, volition
similar words:
druthers, free will, freedom
definition 2: something that is or may be chosen, often from several possibilities.
The menu offers three options for dessert.
 
synonyms:
alternative, choice
antonyms:
requisite
similar words:
pick, possibility
definition 3: the act of making a choice.
His option to quit his job and travel around the world came as a surprise to his friends and family.
synonyms:
choice, election, selection
similar words:
decision, pick, volition, will
definition 4: a right, usu. purchased, to buy or sell something such as real estate, securities, or precious metals, at a specified price within a specified time period.
similar words:
future, stock option
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