- 1 [countable] your feelings or thoughts about somebody/something, rather than a fact synonym view opinion (about/of/on somebody/something) We were invited to give our opinions about how the work should be done. I've recently changed my opinion of her. Everyone had an opinion on the subject. opinion (that…) The chairman expressed the opinion that job losses were inevitable. He has very strong political opinions. In my opinion, it's a very sound investment. (formal) It is our opinion that he should resign. If you want my opinion, I think you'd be crazy not to accept. Language BankopinionGiving your personal opinion In my opinion, everyone should have some understanding of science. Everyone should, in my opinion, have some understanding of science. It seems to me that many people in this country have a poor understanding of science. This is, in my view, the result of a failure of the scientific community to get its message across. Another reason why so many people have such a poor understanding of science is, I believe, the lack of adequate funding for science in schools. Smith argues that science is separate from culture. My own view is that science belongs with literature, art, philosophy and religion as an integral part of our culture. In this writer’s opinion, the more the public know about science, the less they will fear and distrust it. synonyms at think language bank at according to, argue, impersonal, nevertheless, perhaps Language Bankaccording toReporting someone’s opinion Photography is, according to Vidal, the art form of untalented people. For Vidal, photography is the art form of untalented people. His view is that photography is not art but merely the mechanical reproduction of images. Smith takes the view that photography is both an art and a science. In Brown’s view, photography should be treated as a legitimate art in its own right. James is of the opinion that a good painter can always be a good photographer if he or she so decides. Emerson believed that a photograph should only reflect what the human eye can see. Express YourselfAsking for somebody’s opinion and involving others in a conversationIn a meeting or a discussion you may need to find out what other people think. In some exams, you have to show that you can control the conversation by asking for contributions from the examiner. I would say it’s OK in the city, but not in the country. What do you think? My feeling is that we could improve our performance. Do you agree with that? What would you say if we waited another month? What about you? Do you cycle? Which place do you think is more dangerous? The traffic’s going faster there, isn't it?/don't you think? Would you say that traffic's going faster there? So this would be a better option, right?(North American English, informal)
- 2 [uncountable] the beliefs or views of a group of people legal/medical/political opinion (= the beliefs of people working in the legal, etc. profession) There is a difference of opinion (= people disagree) as to the merits of the plan. Opinion is divided (= people disagree) on the issue. There is a wide body of opinion that supports this proposal. Which is the better is a matter of opinion (= people have different opinions about it). see also public opinion
- 3 [countable] advice from a professional person They called in a psychologist to give an independent opinion. I'd like a second opinion (= advice from another person) before I make a decision. Word Origin Middle English: via Old French from Latin opinio(n-), from the stem of opinari
to think that somebody/something is good, bad, etc. The boss has a very high opinion of her.