\ō-ˈpīn \
opined; opining

Definition of opine 

intransitive verb

: to express opinions You may opine about anything you want.

transitive verb

: to state as an opinion opined that the nominee was not fit to serve on the Supreme Court

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Opine has been around since the 15th century, and while it certainly is not a rare word today, not everyone is inclined to take it seriously. Commentators have described it as a stilted word, appropriate only in facetious use - and it does have an undeniable tendency to turn up in humorous writing. Recent evidence, however, suggests that it is being used in perfectly respectable contexts more often. It typically serves to emphasize that the opinion being reported is just that - an opinion. The etymology of opine is perfectly respectable, too. The term derives from the Middle French opiner ("to express one's opinion") and the Latin opinari, meaning "to have an opinion or "to think."

Examples of opine in a Sentence

Many people opine that the content of Web pages should be better regulated. You can opine about any subject you like.

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Leahy, the subcommittee’s vice-chair, said at the end of his back-and-forth, after unsuccessfully pushing DeVos to opine on whether an 18-year-old should be able to easily purchase an AR-15 rifle and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "DeVos Says There’s One Thing Her School-Safety Commission Won't Be Studying: Guns," 5 June 2018 For years, former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz and some of his high-profile pals have spent summer afternoons opining on the porch at the Chilmark General Store on Martha’s Vineyard. Mark Shanahan, BostonGlobe.com, "The Martha’s Vineyard crowd strikes back at Alan Dershowitz," 4 July 2018 The Enquirer opined in the wake of the orphan home festival debacle. Scott Wartman, Cincinnati.com, "The curse of the subway: A look at Cincinnati’s troubled century of mass transit," 25 Apr. 2018 His assessment was challenged by Dr. George Nichols, an expert for the defense and former Kentucky chief medical examiner, who opined Thursday that Smock's opinion went beyond what medical literature supported. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Jurors finds school resource officer in chokehold case not guilty," 31 May 2018 Not everyone who opined in the comments section was racist. Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press, "Riley: See-something, say-something policies can't be tools for racism," 12 May 2018 Grace Jones was sitting in an opulent hotel suite in Paris, naked underneath a fur coat, opining about her act. Melena Ryzik, miamiherald, "Grace Jones shows her vulnerable side | Miami Herald," 1 May 2018 Hassett is among economists who have opined that a still-lower unemployment is achievable. Mark Trumbull, The Christian Science Monitor, "Even with worker shortages, GOP and Democrats focus on more jobs," 26 Apr. 2018 The late Sheikh Abdelaziz Bin Baz, the kingdom’s top official cleric, opined that women should stay at home to reduce the risk of adultery. The Economist, "Saudi women want more sway in religious affairs," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of opine

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for opine

Middle English, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French opiner, from Latin opinari to have an opinion

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English Language Learners Definition of opine

: to express an opinion about something

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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