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co-opt (one) into (something)
To convince one to take a certain action or position. I think he was beginning to see the benefits of our plan, but we'll never co-opt him into it now that you've insulted him!
opt for (something)
To choose some option in preference to others. The kids opted for a trip to Disneyland instead of New York City. Personally, I would just opt to stay home. I always opt for first class when I fly overseas.
opt in (to something)
To choose to participate or be involved in something. I don't usually opt in to guided tours, but I'd heard good things about this one. Any student who wishes to opt in needs to have their permission slips handed in by the end of the week.
opt in favor of (someone or something)
To choose some person or thing in preference to someone or something else. The kids opted in favor of a trip to Disneyland instead of New York City. Personally, I would opt in favor of staying home. You had a very strong application and interview, but the company has opted in favor of someone else.
opt out (of something)
To choose not to participate or be involved in something. I opted out of the guided tour, preferring to explore the city by myself. Students are free to opt out if they do not wish to be a part of the school performance.
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co-opt someone into something
to convince someone of a differing view to adopt one's position or philosophy. They tried to co-opt the students into rioting. There is no point in trying to co-opt them into it. They are too clever.
opt for something
to choose a particular option. I opted for the orange one. I opt for not going out at all.
opt in favor of someone or something
to choose a particular person; to choose a particular thing. Do you think she will opt in favor of this one or that? We will opt in favor of David.
opt in(to something)
to choose to join in. She opted into our plans. She opted in almost immediately.
opt out (of something)
to choose not to be in something. If you do that, I'm going to have to opt out of the club. Then go ahead and opt out.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Choose not to participate, as in Our school opted out of the state competition. [Slang; mid-1900s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
To choose something, especially over some other option: I opted for a king-sized bed when I made my hotel reservation.
To choose not to participate in something: When she rented the car, she opted out of the extra insurance. Everyone on my baseball team is going to run in the marathon, but I opted out.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.