Definition of opine in English:



  • reporting verb 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’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘The prime minister opined that banks should come forward to help the farmers who are in distress in some form other other.’
    • ‘In fact, many observers opined that her back poses were among the best in the entire contest.’
    • ‘Nudity in current cinema is just the other side of the coin, she opined when asked about her comments.’
    • ‘He was equally candid in opining that ‘both parties have been guilty of this’ and that there is definitely some ‘payback going on here.’’
    • ‘This is a major reason for the heavy tourist inflow into the State, opine travel agents.’
    • ‘Mrs Rainy Day opined that the observing of birthdays is primarily a matter for children, not for adults.’
    • ‘In the other locker room, Carmelo Anthony was opining that a Denver victory would so decimate the Wolves that the entire franchise would go out of business.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At the conclusion of his remarks at the launch, Danielsen opined that this might even be the best film festival anywhere, ever.’
    • ‘Everyone remarks on my dishevelled appearance and opines that perhaps I've being going out too much - every night since rehearsals started on June 11 by my reckoning.’
    • ‘Doctors opine that is the major reason for his current loss of memory.’
    • ‘Now it is him on record as opining that ‘deficits don't matter’.’
    • ‘Sgt Hester then spoke briefly about the huge success of the No Name Club in the South Mayo capital, opining that the new hosts and hostesses had a difficult act to follow.’
    • ‘Commentators now opine that he will opt for a super-safe appointment of someone worthy but without profile who will walk and talk with dignity and say nothing of substance.’
    • ‘Composers such as Finnissy and Dillon illustrate his impact, and a host of younger ones were at the South Bank, among them Jonathan Cole, on the Purcell Room panel, opining that only ‘a few dinosaurs’ would have a problem with the composer.’
    • ‘At this point, she chimes in, opining that it is of the utmost importance to have people around you who tell you the truth.’
    • ‘Minutes of routine meetings record officials opining that the red leaves of ornamental bushes will clash with the brick of a shopping center sign and instructing a housing developer to build more single-story homes on certain streets.’
    • ‘The Fianna Fáil man has welcomed the launch of Farm Safety Week campaign by the Health and Safety Authority, opining that there is a huge need to highlight needless deaths and injuries on farms.’
    • ‘Mr Betteridge opines that publishers should stop putting their content into walled gardens, and make them easily accessible.’
    suggest, submit, advance, propose, venture, volunteer, put forward, moot, propound, posit, air, hazard, say, declare, observe, comment, remark
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Late Middle English: from Latin opinari ‘think, believe’.