Learner's definition of OPTION
1 : the opportunity or ability to choose something or to choose between two or more things
You have the option of staying home or coming with us.
He has the option to cancel the deal.
Given the option [=choice], I'd rather stay home tonight.
I'll probably take the job, but I'm leaving/keeping my options open [=waiting to decide; not making a final decision yet] for now.
2 : something that can be chosen : a choice or possibility
For us, quitting is not an option. [=we cannot quit]
You must accept the contract. There are no other options. [=alternatives]
We have a wide range of options available to us.
Menu options at the café include soups, salads, and sandwiches.
Select an option from the drop-down menu.
Filing taxes online is an option for people with Internet access.
I had no option but to start over.
A good/better option is to do the work yourself.
The scandal left him no option but to resign. [=forced him to resign]
3 : a right to buy or sell something for a specified price during a specified period of time
Employees will each be granted/given options to buy 1,000 shares of company stock.
The option must be exercised within five years.
The company has taken an option on some land nearby. [=it has obtained the right to buy the land at a particular price]
The ad is for a condo to rent with an option to buy. [=a condo that you can choose to eventually buy for a specified price]
4 : an extra part or feature that you can pay to have in addition to the regular features that come with something you are buying 5 British : a class that is not required in a particular course of study : elective