opine

verb \ ō-ˈpīn \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of opine

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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Examples of opine in a Sentence

  1. Many people opine that the content of Web pages should be better regulated.

  2. You can opine about any subject you like.

Recent Examples of opine from the Web

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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."

Origin and Etymology of opine

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


OPINE Defined for English Language Learners

opine

verb

Definition of opine for English Language Learners

  • : to express an opinion about something



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