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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.
Recent Examples of opine from the Web
In his own confirmation hearing, Roberts was happy to opine on Brown.
Asked at the Boao Forum about the Facebook furor, the billionaire started dismissing questions but then couldn’t help opining on the crisis facing the U.S. company.
Solicitor General Robert Bork disagreed, but in doing so, opined the President was immune from indictment while the Vice President was not.
To the media opining on that blowout, Abdul-Jabbar’s career was as good as buried.
Some observers have opined that Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, has nothing to lose.
One of those days, Morning Mob. Slammed my toe on a chair leg, spilled the coffee, nothing much on which to opine.
Their abrupt removal angered some of the people who had opined on her speech — including SoMa resident Rebecca Peacock, who is one of Kim’s district constituents.
Most of those labels are in the form of opinions, and many of those who opine are considered legitimate sources.
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Did You Know?
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."
OPINE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of opine for English Language Learners
: to express an opinion about something
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