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[oh-pahyn] /oʊˈpaɪn/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), opined, opining.
to hold or express an opinion.
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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  • Scientists might pay for eggs, they opined, so long as a suitable committee monitored the exchange.
  • He also opined that the veteran's complaints regarding a lower gastrointestinal condition were not related to his.
  • Ware opined that claimant could sit up to eight hours per day and stand and walk up to four hours per day.
  • He opined that the veteran's right knee and right ankle problems were due to his in-service injury.
  • VA examiner opined that the veteran, with the help of his brother, was capable of managing his own affairs.
  • He opined that the date of onset of his current back pathology was shortly before he first sought chiropractic.
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
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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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