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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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  • Rehim Ali opined that they were scouts of a whole troop, and said it was dangerous to expose ourselves to an attack in the night.

  • "A fellow hadn't ought to let himself get careless up in the bush," he opined.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • They agreed to come and help me, but opined they wouldn't be wanted, as it would be raining before then.

    From Chart House to Bush Hut Charles W. L. Bryde
  • "Might be better in the long run, an' he did," opined the man, gloomily.

    The Gold Girl James B. Hendryx
  • Major-General Richard Ewell, riding at the head of his division, opined that it was as clear as the plains.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for opined


(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 opined



"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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