Definition of opine in US English:



  • reporting verb 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 anthem’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was equally candid in opining that ‘both parties have been guilty of this’ and that there is definitely some ‘payback going on here.’’
    • ‘Nudity in current cinema is just the other side of the coin, she opined when asked about her comments.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is a major reason for the heavy tourist inflow into the State, opine travel agents.’
    • ‘Doctors opine that is the major reason for his current loss of memory.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mr Betteridge opines that publishers should stop putting their content into walled gardens, and make them easily accessible.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now it is him on record as opining that ‘deficits don't matter’.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’.