\ 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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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."

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

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin opined that the president's comments weren't racist. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Trump says congresswomen can go "wherever they want"," 16 July 2019 Designers are increasingly being called to task for taking too much inspiration from traditions that don’t belong to them, and governments aren’t too busy to opine on these designs. Ephrat Livni, Quartzy, "Read the letter from Kyoto’s mayor to Kim Kardashian protesting “Kimono” shapewear," 30 June 2019 Likewise, witnesses are not competent to opine on the legality of Hunter’s behavior or to draw conclusions or make statements as to Hunter’s state of mind. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hunter used campaign funds to finance multiple affairs, prosecutors say," 25 June 2019 Only last week, in a case involving a public-access cable television channel, the U.S. Supreme Court opined that imposing First Amendment standards on nongovernmental platforms is a bad idea. Chris Cox, WSJ, "Hawley’s Bad Idea to Protect Speech," 23 June 2019 The sailor had a combination of narcotics in his system, including levels of fentanyl that the Medical Examiner’s Office opined were within ranges associated with toxic effects and death, according to an affidavit seeking a warrant to arrest Martin. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Drug rehab counselor charged with murder in Navy man’s fentanyl overdose death," 22 June 2019 Pundits opined that the web was all grown up now; many questioned why platforms still needed Section 230’s protection. Christine Biederman, WIRED, "Inside Backpage.com’s Vicious Battle With the Feds," 18 June 2019 Mueller, whose nearly-500-page report failed to charge the president with a crime but also did not exonerate him, has steadfastly refused to explicitly opine on whether Trump should be impeached. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "In the Trump era, the lawyer jokes are on us," 31 May 2019 Robert Klemko opines about Lamar Jackson by looking at Connor Shaw, Jeff Driskel, and Chad Kelly ... and more. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "A Potential Star WR Heads to the Market," 7 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of opine

formal : to express an opinion about something

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