\ 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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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 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 Confidential letters are requested at this point from all senior faculty members in the candidate’s department—everyone must opine. Graciela Mochkofsk, The New Yorker, 27 July 2021 So, various observers opine that the Fourth of July and Juneteenth present a quandary. Dallas News, 6 July 2021

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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 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

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30 Nov 2021

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“Opine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opine. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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