\ 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

Barr himself has opined on the matter of prosecutors contributing to political campaigns. David Yanofsky, Quartz, "William Barr’s donations to Senate Republicans spiked just before they confirmed him as attorney general," 18 July 2019 Though not nearly as vocal or aggressive as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D.-Mass.) on breaking up big tech companies and are considered softer on antitrust regulations, both Biden and Harris have opined that the issue warrants serious consideration. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Term Sheet -- Friday June 28," 28 June 2019 The racial undertones were difficult to miss: The imagery of black players attacking white fans served as a kind of racial pornography that had many openly opining about the NBA’s ruin. Jemele Hill, The Atlantic, "The Turbulent Journey of Metta World Peace," 5 June 2019 The president has also opined that Brexit party leader Nigel Farage, an outspoken advocate of leaving the EU without a deal, should be given a role in the negotiations. Jonathan Lemire And Kevin Freking, chicagotribune.com, "President Trump turns from pomp to business in UK visit," 4 June 2019 Both avoided opining on Supreme Court deliberations over a Washington, D.C., handgun ban — which the justices ended up striking down. Los Angeles Times, "What are the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates’ positions on gun control?," 30 July 2019 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

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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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