He verb to opt , from the Latin word optāre, refers to the act of choose something between various options . It is, therefore, to select or choose.
For example: “All the dishes are tempting to me, but I'm going to opt for garlic chicken”, "If the polls are correct, at the ballot, voters must choose between two candidates who submit similar proposals", “I need money urgently, so I have to choose between pawning my grandmother's jewelry or selling my motorcycle”.
When opting, one or more possibilities are ruled out. Take the first example we mentioned above about the choice of food in a restaurant . When the person chooses garlic chicken, they are simultaneously discarding the rest of the proposals from the menu, from baked meat to fried fish, through noodles with tomato sauce and roasted lamb.
The notion of opting also refers to the intention , the Will or the wish to apply for a job, a position, a benefit, etc .: “Students with good grades have the possibility to apply for financial aid to solve their studies”, “I will qualify for the new loan offered by the provincial bank for the purchase of homes”, "To apply for the position, it is necessary to have a master's degree and an experience of at least ten years in the sector".
Suppose a young man completed a technical degree with an academic average of 9 points. This factor allows you to opt for scholarships offered by your university to those who wish to take a doctorate .