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Option appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • "Put idle hips’ agitators so tidily on natal life-rafts in a tasteless option: no IT posse let satanist fare fill a tannoy lid I toss rot at," I gasp, "I held it up!"
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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun option:


The word option and its family (optional, options) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun option

What does option mean as a name of something?

Option is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: options

  1. 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
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • more generic terms: derivative / derivative instrument = a financial instrument whose value is based on another security
    • more specific terms:
      • naked option = a put or call option for which the seller or buyer has no underlying security position
      • covered option = a put or call option backed by the shares underlying the option
      • call option / call = the option to buy a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date
      • put option / put = the option to sell a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date
      • straddle = the option to buy or sell a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date
      • incentive stock option / incentive option = an option granted to corporate executives if the company achieves certain financial goals
      • stock option = the right to buy or sell a stock at a specified price within a stated period
      • lock-up option = an option to buy the crown jewels offered to a white knight in order to forestall a hostile takeover
  2. one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen
  3. the act of choosing or selecting

Alternative definition of the noun option


  1. One of the choices which can be made.
  2. The freedom or right to choose.
  3. [finance] 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.

Definition of the verb option

What does option mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: optioned | optioning | options

  1. To purchase an option on something.


"Option" is a composition.


  1. Option: In the film industry, an option is a contractual agreement between a potential film producer such as a movie studio, a production company or an individual, and a writer or third party who holds ownership of a screenplay. The agreement details the exclusive rights including the specified time period and financial obligations. The producer has to advance the essential elements, such as financing and/or talent, towards the creation of a film based on the screenplay.
  2. Option is an automotive magazine founded by Daijiro Inada in 1981, to meet the demand for enthusiasts of modified Japanese cars in Japan.
  3. Option was a music magazine based in Los Angeles, California.
  4. Option: An option, when purchasing aircraft, allows an airline to purchase additional aircraft in the future at an agreed price and date.

Phrases with Option

  1. Option Button
  2. co-option
  3. put option
  4. call option
  5. soft option
  6. Zero Option
  7. local option
  8. naked option
  9. stock option
  10. covered option
  11. default option
  12. lock-up option
  13. American Option
  14. Bermudan Option
  15. European Option
  16. incentive option
  17. Time Sharing Option
  18. Credit default option
  19. incentive stock option

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Option

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Google previewHandbook of Singapore — Malaysian Corporate Finance (2014)

by Tan Chwee Huat, Kwan Kuen-Chor

An option is a contract which can exist in several forms and can relate to a variety of assets including shares, foreign currencies, commodities, interest rate futures, stock indices, and Treasury bill futures. In this case, for the privilege of taking ...

Google previewReal Options Analysis (2002)

Tools and Techniques for Valuing Strategic Investments and Decisions by Johnathan Mun

Definitions An option is a contract that gives the owner/holder the right but not the legal obligation to conduct a...

Google previewCode of Federal Regulations, Title 26, Internal Revenue, PT. 50-299, Revised as of April 1, 2011 (2011)

by Office of the Federal Register (U S )

A permissible annuity distribution option is an annuity contract (or, in the case of annuity distributions from a defined benefit plan, a distribution option) which specifically provides for distributions which, if made as provided, would for every ...

Google previewCode of Federal Regulations (2006)


A permissible annuity distribution option is an annuity Contract (Or, in the case of annuity distributions from a defined benefit plan, a distribution option) which specifically provides for distributions which, if made as provided, would for every ...

Google previewCorporate Finance (2016)

by Robert J. Rhee

OPTIONS A call option is a contract wherein an issuer (or writer) sells for a premium an option giving the holder the right,

Google previewA Selection of ... Internal Revenue Service Tax Information Publications (1989)

A qualified covered call option is any option you grant to purchase...

Google previewCorporate Bonds and Structured Financial Products (2004)

by Moorad Choudhry

An option is a contract between two parties. The buyer...

The expiry date of an option is the last day on which it may be exercised. Options...

Google previewGlobalization Trends and Regional Development (2012)

Dynamics of FDI and Human Capital Flows by Roberta Capello, Tomaz Ponce Dentinho

The first option is the national firm: the firm concentrates its production in a single plant located in the home country and supplies foreign countries through exports. In this case, there is no FDI and there is trade in consumer goods. This case ...

Google previewReal Options in Practice (2003)

by Marion A. Brach

An option is the act of choosing, the power of choice, or the freedom of alternatives. The word comes from the...

An option is a right, but not an obligation , for example, to follow through on a business decision. In the financial...

Google previewTrade Like a Pro (2009)

15 High-Profit Trading Strategies by Noble DraKoln

The at-the-money option is an essential component.

Since one side of the synthetic option is the actual asset, delta does not play a factor when the synthetic option moves into-the-money.

Google previewOperator's Manual (1988)

Fire Direction Center, Artillery, OA-8389/GSG-10(V) (battalion) (NSN 7010-01-017-7039).. Maintenance instructions

The RETRY option means that the operator should rerun the fault detection test using the SYS;MDS message. The REC0NFIGURE option means that an alternate mode operation should be initiated. The CALL FI option means that the ...

Google previewThe Two Americas (2005)

Our Current Political Deadlock and How to Break It by Stanley B. Greenberg

The third option is the Corporate Frame, and it centers the election around the core corporate, business identity of the...

fifth option is a strategy of Reassurance, emphasizing from the outset confidence-building positions on issues such as ...

Google previewDerivative Securities and Difference Methods (2013)

by You-lan Zhu, Xiaonan Wu, I-Liang Chern, Zhi-zhong Sun

A lookback option is a contract whose payoff depends on the maximum or minimum stock price reached during the life of the...

Google previewThe Handbook of Energy Trading (2012)

by Stefano Fiorenzani, Samuele Ravelli, Enrico Edoli

Since the option is an insurance, or a bet, on the underlying, either the buyer or the seller will make some profits or losses...

Google previewFinancial Management


Thus, an option is a right without an obligation to use the right. As we mentioned in the last chapter, options are derivative instruments which have become popular in finance. Options are primarily used to cover the risk of unwanted or uncertain ...

Google previewPractical Applications of Asymptotic Techniques in Electromagnetics (2011)

by Francisco Saez de Adana

The first option is a simplification of the modeling using canonical structures to simplify the geometric treatment associated with the...

Google previewThe International Dictionary of Artificial Intelligence (1999)

by William J. Raynor

Option. Hedge. Buying and selling forward and futures contracts is not the same as exchanging things of value, such as currencies. For example, assume that you "buy" 10 futures contracts of Canadian dollars at the market, which represents ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Alternative Investments (2008)

by Greg N. Gregoriou

It refers to the volatility of a security, or another financial instrument underlying an option or financial instrument with embedded optionality, that is, given a particular theoretical option-pricing model, implied by the market price of the respective ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Microcomputers (1990)

Volume 5 - Debuggers and Debugging Techniques to Electron Beam Lithography by Allen Kent, James G. Williams

A "splicing" option is also available whereby the user can specify an initial " coarse" interval DELXI and a final desired interval DELXF < DELXI. The user then selects real-valued parameter SPLICE > 1 such that after a complete solution over all ...

Google previewDictionary of Financial Risk Management (1999)

by Gary L. Gastineau, Mark P. Kritzman

Also called Portfolio Currency Protection Option (PCPO). Compare with Quantity Adjusting Option (QUANTO) (l). Equity-Linked Note (ELN): A security that combines the characteristics of a zero- or low-coupon bond or note with a return ...

Google previewEncyclopedic Dictionary of International Finance and Banking (2016)

by Jae K. Shim, Michael Constas

CALL OPTION See CURRENCY OPTION; OPTION. CANADIAN VENTURE EXCHANGE Canadian Venture Exchange (CDNX) is a product of the merger of the Vancouver and Alberta stock exchanges. The objective of CDNX is to provide ...

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Quotes about Option

If ask 100 Arkansans about the phrase, 'the public option,' or 'a public option,' you'll get 100 different impressions about what that means. (Bill Halter)
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Scrabble value of O1P3T1I1O1N1

The value of this 6-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of OPTION

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