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opine Line breaks: opine
Pronunciation: /ə(ʊ)ˈpʌɪn/

Definition of opine in English:


[reporting verb] formal
Hold and state as one’s opinion: [with direct speech]: ‘The man is a genius,’ he opined [with clause]: the headmistress opined that the outing would make a nice change for Flora
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, submit, advance, propose, venture, volunteer, put forward, moot, propound, posit, air, hazard, say, declare, observe, comment, remark;
think, believe, consider, maintain, imagine, be of the view, be of the opinion, reckon, guess, estimate, conjecture, fancy, suspect, feel, have a/the feeling, assume, presume, take it, suppose, expect, gather;
contend, be convinced, be of the conviction, reason, deduce, conclude, theorize, hypothesize, take as a hypothesis
North American informal allow
archaic ween


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

Words that rhyme with opine

align, assign, benign, brine, chine, cline, combine, condign, confine, consign, dine, divine, dyne, enshrine, entwine, fine, frontline, hardline, interline, intertwine, kine, Klein, line, Main, malign, mine, moline, nine, on-line, outshine, pine, Rhein, Rhine, shine, shrine, sign, sine, spine, spline, stein, Strine, swine, syne, thine, tine, trine, twine, Tyne, underline, undermine, vine, whine, wine
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