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[oh-pahyn] /oʊˈpaɪn/
verb (used with object), verb (used 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
  • Senior soldiers opine loudly and publicly on security policy.
  • Some pundits opine that the balance between privacy and security must shift in favor of the latter.
  • Alaskans are certainly qualified to opine about narcissism.
  • Some historians opine that the overall situation actually improved.
  • To deny is to opine without consideration of evidence.
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
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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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