verb[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 FloraMore example sentences
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 hypothesisNorth American • informal allow• archaic ween
- 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'.