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