|Origin:||Latin optio 'free choice'|
a choice you can make in a particular situation:
There are a number of options available.
He had two options.
This was not the only option open to him.
a range of options for cutting costs
one/another option is to do something
Another option is to rent somewhere for six months.
Teenage mothers often have no option but to (=have no other choice except to) live with their parents.
to wait before making a decision:
I'm keeping all my options open for the moment.
one of the possible choices you can make when using computer software:
Select an option from the main menu.
a list of options
4 also soft option British English
the choice which will be the least difficult, least strict, or need the least effort, which someone might choose because they are lazy:
Is community service just a soft option for criminals?
the right to buy or sell something in the future
right to buy/sell[countable]BBBF formal
The government has agreed to buy 20 planes, with an option on a further 10.
Connor now owns 302,000 shares and options.
one of the subjects that you can choose to study at school for an examination, or as part of a course at a college or university:
at school/university[countable] British EnglishSEC
advice on choosing your options
something that is offered in addition to the standard equipment when you buy something new, especially a car