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noun [countable] option pronunciation in British English /ˈɒpʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    something that you can choose in a particular situation
    We’ve discussed all the marketing options and decided to go for television advertising.
    option for: We have three different options for financing the house.
    the option of doing something: You have the option of walking there or going by bus.
    have no option but to do something: She had no option but to admit the truth.
    a viable option (=one that is likely to succeed): Terrorist leaders concluded that armed resistance was no longer a viable option.
  2. 2
    business the right to buy or sell something in the future, for example property or stock in a company
    stock options
    option on: The airline has ordered 16 aircraft and has options on another 29.
    the option to do something: If one partner dies, the others have the option to buy back their shares.


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