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’
    • ‘Doctors opine that is the major reason for his current loss of memory.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was equally candid in opining that ‘both parties have been guilty of this’ and that there is definitely some ‘payback going on here.’’
    • ‘Mr Betteridge opines that publishers should stop putting their content into walled gardens, and make them easily accessible.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The prime minister opined that banks should come forward to help the farmers who are in distress in some form other other.’
    • ‘At the conclusion of his remarks at the launch, Danielsen opined that this might even be the best film festival anywhere, ever.’
    • ‘In fact, many observers opined that her back poses were among the best in the entire contest.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nudity in current cinema is just the other side of the coin, she opined when asked about her comments.’
    • ‘This is a major reason for the heavy tourist inflow into the State, opine travel agents.’
    • ‘Now it is him on record as opining that ‘deficits don't matter’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mrs Rainy Day opined that the observing of birthdays is primarily a matter for children, not for adults.’
    • ‘At this point, she chimes in, opining that it is of the utmost importance to have people around you who tell you the truth.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’.