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noun [countable]     option pronunciation in British English
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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.

    1. a.
      an extra feature on a new product such as a car that you can choose to add when you buy it
    2. b.
      one of a range of things that you can choose to do when you are using a computer program

      Choose the ‘save’ option from the File menu.

    3. c.
      British any course that a student can choose to take, in addition to the courses that they must take
  2. 2
    business the right to buy or sell something in the future, for example property or stock in a company
    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.

  3. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    something is not an option something is not to be discussed or considered

    The family house has to be painted, and getting rid of it is not an option.

    Submitted by Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 26/05/2017
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