Definition of opine in English:


Syllabification: o·pine
Pronunciation: /ōˈpīn


[reporting verb] formal
Hold and state as one’s opinion: [with direct speech]: “The man is a genius,” he opined [with clause]: the critic opined that the most exciting musical moment occurred when the orchestra struck up the national anthem
More example sentences
  • C.P. Scott, Manchester Guardian editor from 1872 to 1929, will always be in journalism's pantheon for opining that ‘comment is free, but facts are sacred’.
  • More seriously, Jenny opines that the reason there are fewer women on the comedy circuit is that it is just not geared to women's lives.
  • Mrs Rainy Day opined that the observing of birthdays is primarily a matter for children, not for adults.
suggest, say, declare, observe, comment, remark, submit, put forward;
contend, be convinced;
think, believe, consider, maintain, be of the opinion, imagine, reckon, guess, assume, presume, take it, suppose, reason
informal allow


late Middle English: from Latin opinari 'think, believe'.

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