Definitions for optionˈɒp ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

op•tion*ˈɒp ʃən(n.)

  1. the power or right of choosing.

  2. something that may be chosen; choice:

    leave one's options open.

  3. the act of choosing.

  4. an item of equipment or an extra feature that may be chosen.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. part of a legal agreement giving one the right to buy property, use services, etc., after a specified time or for an additional period under the terms of the agreement.

    Category: Business

  6. a football play in which a back has a choice of either passing or running with the ball.

    Category: Sport

  7. (v.t.)to acquire or grant an option on.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  8. to provide with optional equipment.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

* Syn: See choice.

Origin of option:

1595–1605; < L optiō choice, der. of optāre to select


Princeton's WordNet

  1. option(noun)

    the right to buy or sell property at an agreed price; the right is purchased and if it is not exercised by a stated date the money is forfeited

  2. option, alternative, choice(noun)

    one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen

    "what option did I have?"; "there no other alternative"; "my only choice is to refuse"

  3. choice, selection, option, pick(noun)

    the act of choosing or selecting

    "your choice of colors was unfortunate"; "you can take your pick"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. option(noun)ˈɑɑpʃən

    a choice or possibility

    You have the option of paying in installments.; I had no option but to leave him and go for help.

  2. optionˈɑɑpʃən

    to not decide yet

    Leave your options open until you have more information.


  1. option(Noun)

    One of the choices which can be made.

  2. option(Noun)

    The freedom or right to choose.

  3. option(Noun)

    A contract giving the holder the right to buy or sell an asset at a set strike price; can apply to financial market transactions, or to ordinary transactions for tangible assets such as a residence or automobile.

  4. option(Noun)

    A button on a screen used to select an action (often "menu option")

  5. option(Verb)

    To purchase an option on something.

    The new novel was optioned by the film studio, but they'll probably never decide to make a movie from it.

  6. Origin: From option, from optio, from opto. Equivalent to .


  1. Option

    In finance, an option is a contract which gives the owner the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell an underlying asset or instrument at a specified strike price on or before a specified date. The seller incurs a corresponding obligation to fulfill the transaction, that is to sell or buy, if the long holder elects to "exercise" the option prior to expiration. The buyer pays a premium to the seller for this right. An option which conveys the right to buy something at a specific price is called a call; an option which conveys the right to sell something at a specific price is called a put. Both are commonly traded, though in basic finance for clarity the call option is more frequently discussed, as it moves in the same direction as the underlying asset, rather than opposite, as does the put. Options valuation is a topic of ongoing research in academic and practical finance. For simplicity of discussion, the value of an option is commonly decomposed into two parts: The first of these is the "intrinsic value," which is defined as the difference between the market value of the underlying and the strike price of the given option. The second part depends on a set of other factors which, through a multi-variable, non-linear interrelationship, reflect the discounted expected value of that difference at expiration. Although options valuation has been studied at least since the nineteenth century, the contemporary approach is based on the Black–Scholes model which was first published in 1973.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'option' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1944

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'option' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2058

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'option' in Nouns Frequency: #499

Anagrams of option

  1. potion

Translations for option

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