- to hold or express an opinion.
Origin of opine
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Examples from the Web for opining
Somers started ranting and opining decades before Amanda Bynes had even opened a Twitter account.Suzanne Somers’s 13 Craziest Quotes: Sex, Adam Lanza, Patrick Swayze, and More
October 30, 2013
All that opining may have cost him a shot at the screenplay, as perhaps did naming his dream Christian Greys.‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Fans Need to Chill
September 5, 2013
There's nothing wrong with opining based on the information you have; the problem is with calling the results a "fact".Facts, Damned "Facts", and Fact Checkers
October 5, 2012
"It's a factor of instability," Le Point quotes Thomas Hollande opining.Thomas Hollande and the Tweet Rocking France
July 12, 2012
Each week you can find him opining for several top publications on nearly every aspect of literary thought.Adam Kirsch's Why Trilling Matters Reminds Us of Power of Reading
December 1, 2011
At length mankind spoke of knowing as well as of opining or perceiving.Theaetetus
Mrs. Doria bowed to the System for another, not opining when it would be her turn to bow for herself.The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete
He carried the arrangement off with an easy hand when it came to the selection, looking around, criticising, opining.Sister Carrie
Bashville, the footman, had risked his popularity there by opining that Miss Goff was a fine young woman.Cashel Byron's Profession
George Bernard Shaw
A marked distinction between the two is, that Knowing or Cognition is infallible — Opining is fallible.
- (when tr, usually takes a clause as object) to hold or express an opinionhe opined that it was all a sad mistake
Word Origin and History for opining
"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.