\ 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

Did you know?

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 the business world, an expert may opine that a certain action is risky. Bill Conerly, Forbes, 1 Jan. 2022 So that piece of the federal lawsuit can proceed, although one possibility is that a lower court will now ask the state judiciary to opine on whether this is a correct reading of Texas law. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 10 Dec. 2021 Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy declined to opine on Cooper’s vaccination status. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 23 Nov. 2021 Today, historians bicker over when and where the first Thanksgiving took place in America and pundits opine upon its meaning. Kevin Dayhoff, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 21 Nov. 2021 Lately Bankman-Fried has been hitting the TV circuit to opine on bitcoin prices, regulations and the future of digital assets. Steven Ehrlich, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 Other nations are participating virtually in the meeting's central event, a speechfest where every country gets a chance to opine on global issues, spotlight domestic ones and use the world stage to court allies or assail foes. Jennifer Peltz, ajc, 18 Sep. 2021 Voters may also get the chance to opine on issues ranging from voter identification requirements to happy hours. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Sep. 2021 The willingness to opine on the broader circumstances varies from judge to judge, Michael McConnell, a professor at Stanford Law School and a former federal appellate judge, told CNN. Tierney Sneed, CNN, 13 Aug. 2021

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.

See More

First Known Use of opine

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for opine

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

Learn More About opine

Time Traveler for opine

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Listen to Our Podcast About opine

Dictionary Entries Near opine




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for opine

Last Updated

22 Jan 2022

Cite this Entry

“Opine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opine. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for opine



English Language Learners Definition of opine

: to express an opinion about something

More from Merriam-Webster on opine

Britannica English: Translation of opine for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!