\ ō-ˈpīn How to pronounce opine (audio) \
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.
Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps by then, the court opined, a workable alternative to the use of race would have been found. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "Harvard Won This Round, But Affirmative Action Is Weak," 2 Oct. 2019 Because of the lawsuit, the four members of the executive branch who served on the commission were required to abstain from opining or voting. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Stop sending men to prison for addiction treatment, group recommends," 9 July 2019 For just Cuyahoga and Summit counties, the cost would be $7.2 billion, another expert opined. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Cities, counties across U.S. should unite to negotiate opioid lawsuits against drug companies, attorneys say," 14 June 2019 Winter Garden’s Market to Table and area favorite Hawkers, each got a thumbs-up from one commenter, who opined the former ideal for wings with a great cocktail and the latter a nod for its version’s perfect seasoning. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "It’s National Chicken Wing Day, bang the drums (and flaps)!," 29 July 2019 Tim Flannery, former Giants’ third-base coach, recently opined that the Giants must either trade Bumgarner or sign him to a market-value extension now. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’, A’s big dreams will survive one bad day," 24 July 2019 Maher, who is the star of Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, opined late in August. Raisa Bruner, Time, "James Corden Claps Back At Bill Maher’s 'Insulting' Fat-Shaming Comments," 16 Sep. 2019 Living in the minutiae, and maintaining that focus on narrating events rather than opining on or analyzing them, makes this book a remarkable work of slowed-down journalism. Jill Filipovic, Washington Post, "In this account of the Kavanaugh hearings, no heroes or villains — just humans," 14 Sep. 2019 Preylock Real Estate’s interest in the office building suggests the commercial property market has yet to cool off in Silicon Valley, Mahoney opined. George Avalos, The Mercury News, "Google-leased Mountain View office building entices big investor," 13 Sep. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'opine.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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“Opine.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opine. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of opine

formal : to express an opinion about something

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