verb (used with or without object), o·pined, o·pin·ing.

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 formsun·o·pined, adjective
Can be confusedopine opinion

Synonyms for opine

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Examples from the Web for opine

Historical Examples of opine

  • A pretty large pile of building, I opine, and a pretty long job!

  • The reason is, I opine, that each doth wait for his neighbour to make a move.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • "He is of the family of the Iscariot, I should opine," answered the Gascon.

  • "I opine that the granddaughter should be got rid of," said the Colonel.

  • I opine that the same judgment might be passed upon a great many?

    A Day's Ride

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for opine



(when tr, usually takes a clause as object) to hold or express an opinionhe opined that it was all a sad mistake

Word Origin for opine

C16: from Latin opīnārī
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Word Origin and History for opine

"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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