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[oh-pahyn] /oʊˈpaɪn/
verb (used with or without object), opined, opining.
to hold or express an opinion.
Origin of opine
First recorded in 1575-85, opine is from the Latin word opīnārī to think, deem
Related forms
unopined, adjective
Can be confused
opine, opinion.
say, suggest, allow, guess, imagine. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for opined
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  • Mr Sparkler opined that he painted anything, if he could get the job.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • The boy grinned bashfully and opined the magnate just mentioned was "all right."

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "Ye can always thrash an impudent fellow," opined the adjutant.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • Clearly he was recovering, from which Garnache opined with regret that his blow had been too light.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • He must be dealt with out of hand, Trenchard opined, and dealt with ruthlessly.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for opined


(when transitive, usually takes a clause as object) to hold or express an opinion: he opined that it was all a sad mistake
Word Origin
C16: from Latin opīnārī
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Word Origin and History for opined



"express an opinion," mid-15c., from Middle French opiner (15c.) and directly from Latin opinari "have an opinion, be of opinion, suppose, conjecture, think, judge," perhaps related to optare "to desire, choose" (see option). Related: Opined; opining.

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