\ 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 Typical conventions have moments for television analysts to comfortably opine, when there's a set change, a boring speaker who drones on too long or lengthy applause by delegates. David Bauder, Star Tribune, "TV's unconventional night capped by raves for Michelle Obama," 18 Aug. 2020 Dubinsky didn't opine on whether such a payment was made. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "What Americans could learn from Donald Trump's financial records," 10 July 2020 Shortly before prosecutors requested the latest arrest warrant for Mr Lee, Samsung asked them to convene an external committee to opine on whether the charges merited a trial. The Economist, "Much ado about Samsung No end in sight for Samsung’s legal troubles," 20 June 2020 Mary Spadoni, who has lived in Costa Mesa more than half of her 75 years, religiously attends City Council meetings to opine about policy or act as a political watchdog and levy critiques against council members. Los Angeles Times, "How to be civically or politically active during a pandemic," 5 June 2020 Asked to opine on the best-sounding bikes of all time, the staff of the Barber Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama, was more than happy to wax poetic on their favorites. Motorcyclist Staff, Popular Science, "The five sexiest-sounding motorcycles," 22 May 2020 Thomas Friedman, the New York Times columnist, opined this week that Democrats could beat Trump in a landslide by projecting unity, vowing now to stock the Cabinet with rivals from the primary. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Tom Steyer bristles at Mike Bloomberg’s saturation of Texas airwaves: ‘I don’t think you get to buy Texas’," 28 Feb. 2020 This isn't the first time the former governor has opined about the virus, which has killed more than 30 people in the U.S. and has been confirmed in at least 38 states. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Former Gov. Matt Bevin mocks 'Chicken Little' concerns over coronavirus," 11 Mar. 2020 Journalists have kept busy opining about what a shift toward remote work might look like, while companies that peddle remote-access technologies watch hungrily. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Coronavirus Will Be the Hardest for Gig and Service Workers in the U.S.," 10 Mar. 2020

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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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“Opine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opine. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of opine

formal : to express an opinion about something

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