opine

verb
\ 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

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 This came after Thomas opined that Wagner was too hurt to have been playing in a blowout loss to the Rams. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Is Bobby Wagner the most underappreciated superstar in Seattle sports history?," 20 Feb. 2019 The point is, as the late William Goldman famously opined, nobody knows anything. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Fearless NFL Playoff Preview: Who the Heck Knows?," 2 Jan. 2019 The music never explores the pain of Old Erich’s survivor guilt, and the tidy conclusion, with the present-day family reconciled and a final, full-cast chorus opining about the importance of remembering, feels entirely predictable. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Taking Up Serpents’ and ‘Dear Erich’ Reviews: Operas Haunted by the Past," 15 Jan. 2019 Her tweet Wednesday that taunted Hogg for failing to get into four colleges (he was accepted by three others) was one more way for Ingraham to signal that Hogg is overrated and unqualified to opine about public policy. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "Laura Ingraham doesn’t really want to debate David Hogg," 30 Mar. 2018 Several more central bankers will have a chance to opine on the phenomenon this week, including incoming New York Fed President John Williams, while the nominee for Fed vice chairman, Richard Clarida, will face Congress. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Trump risks dealmaker rep with ZTE reversal," 14 May 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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opine

verb

English Language Learners Definition of opine

formal : to express an opinion about something

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