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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
The late Sheikh Abdelaziz Bin Baz, the kingdom’s top official cleric, opined that women should stay at home to reduce the risk of adultery.
Kavanaugh never opined on Roe v. Wade directly during his tenure on the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.
Medical professionals who were not associated with Trump's treatment opined what her office described could have been a much simpler recovery.
Judge Ellis then opined that the American people do not want a special counsel with unfettered power and even went so far as to ask when the investigation would conclude.
Others opined that Congress might not have the authority to define citizenship at all.
Presumably, Kagan and Breyer would have ruled differently if the court had opined on the more weighty Constitutional question.
In 1965 celebrated auto writer Ken Purdy broke many sports-car fans’ hearts by opining that automatic transmissions were surpassing stick shifts and would soon push them into obsolescence.
But Gunn stressed that opining on potential bond-rating impacts is purely speculative at this point.
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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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