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[oh-pahyn] /oʊˈpaɪn/
verb (used with or without object), opined, opining.
to hold or express an opinion.
Origin of opine
1575-85; < Latin opīnārī to think, deem
Related forms
unopined, adjective
Can be confused
opine, opinion.
say, suggest, allow, guess, imagine. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for opine
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  • What becomes of the doctrine of happiness being equally divided in this world, as so many comfortable persons love to opine?

    Girlhood and Womanhood Sarah Tytler
  • A pretty large pile of building, I opine, and a pretty long job!

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • I opine that it is very disturbing to you, but no enlightened observer is jolly well upset.'

    Kim Rudyard Kipling
  • The reason is, I opine, that each doth wait for his neighbour to make a move.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • "That I opine to be the most fitting course under the circumstances," said M'Kinlay, bowing.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • "I opine that the granddaughter should be got rid of," said the Colonel.

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I. Charles James Lever
  • I opine there's not one of us settin' around here that's not a hero—give him the occasion.

  • I opine that the same judgment might be passed upon a great many?

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • Thee will stare at my going, but no impropriety in my opine, or I should not have gone.

  • Not many will be prevented by previous engagements, I opine.

    The Dragon of Wantley Owen Wister
British Dictionary definitions for opine


(when transitive, usually takes a clause as object) to hold or express an opinion: he opined that it was all a sad mistake
Word Origin
C16: from Latin opīnārī
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for opine

"express an opinion," mid-15c., from Middle French opiner (15c.) and directly from Latin opinari "have an opinion, be of opinion, suppose, conjecture, think, judge," perhaps related to optare "to desire, choose" (see option). Related: Opined; opining.

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