The word optaba is the imperfect form of optar in the first person singular. There are other translations for this conjugation.
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (to decide on; used with "por")
a. to opt for
Dada la situación en España, opté por estudiar en otro país.Because of the situation in Spain, I opted to study in another country.
b. to choose
Tras mucho pensarlo, optamos por el color azul para el baño.After much thought, we chose blue for the bathroom.
2. (to have the right to; used with "a")
a. to be eligible for (a grant or a position)
Para poder optar a la beca debes tener nacionalidad paraguaya.You must be of Paraguayan nationality to be eligible for the grant.
b. to apply for (a grant or a position)
No podrán optar al puesto los familiares de las personas encargadas del proceso de selección.No relation of those involved in the selection process can apply for the position.
c. to have access to (a benefit)
Nuestros empleados pueden optar ahora a un plan de pensiones.Our employees now have access to a pension scheme.
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (escoger)
optar (por algo)to choose (something)
optar por hacer algoto choose to do something
optar entreto choose between
2. (aspirar)
optar ato aim for, to go for
optan al puesto siete candidatosthere are seven candidates for the job
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intransitive verb
1 (gen) to choose; decide
optar entre to choose o decide between; optar por to choose; decide on; opt for; optar por hacer algo to choose to do sth; opt to do sth
optar a to compete for; optar a un premio to compete for a prize; (poder) optar a to (have the right to) apply for o go in for; ellos no pueden optar a las becas they are not entitled to apply for the scholarships
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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