opined; opining

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 is not a back-formation of opinion. Both words come from Middle French opiner, meaning "to express one's opinion," and Latin opīnārī, "to have in mind" or "to think." And they were thought up as words for the English language independently at different times.

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 In an interview with CNBC from Sun Valley, the commissioner also opined on the Sunday Ticket verdict, and said the league may allow private equity to own up to 10% of a team. Jill Goldsmith, Deadline, 11 July 2024 This culinary cohort opines on Ever’s (fictional) past and the (real life) future of the industry. Zachary Zawila, Bon Appétit, 3 July 2024 Controlling those biotech supply chains America’s ability to stay on top of the biotech industry will depend on its ability to protect genomic data and intellectual property, opines Josh Carpenter, CEO of a nonprofit translational research institute focused on drug discovery and genomic research. Meghana Keshavan, STAT, 28 June 2024 However, Nussbaum isn’t really concerned with opining about these issues — or finding a solution to them — in her new book, Cue The Sun! Kyndall Cunningham, Vox, 26 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for opine 

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Word History


Middle English opinen "to hold an opinion, think (that something is the case)," borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French opiner "to express one's view, be of the opinion (that)," borrowed from Latin opīnārī "to hold as an opinion, think, have in mind," of obscure origin

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of opine was in the 15th century


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“Opine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opine. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


opined; opining
: to have or express an opinion

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