W2S1 [əˈpınjən] n
[Date: 1300-1400; : French; Origin: Latin opinio]
1.) [U and C]
your ideas or beliefs about a particular subject
opinion about
The two women had very different opinions about drugs.
opinion of
What's your opinion of Cathy?
opinion on
He asked his wife's opinion on every important decision.
It's a terrible shame, in my opinion , that the building was knocked down.
The general opinion is that the new law is a good thing.
Politicians should listen to popular opinion .
These are just my own personal opinions .
Whether or not this is useful is a matter of opinion .
Everyone has the right to express an opinion .
Contrary to popular opinion , chocolate is quite good for you.
Jody is a person with very strong opinions .
→↑view1 (1), in my humble opinion athumble1 (3)
judgement or advice from a professional person about something
When choosing an insurance policy it's best to get an independent opinion .
My doctor says I need an operation, but I've asked for a second opinion (=advice from a second doctor to make sure that the first advice is right) .
They took the painting to get an expert opinion (=an opinion from someone who knows a lot) .
3.) have a high/low/good/bad etc opinion of sb/sth
to think that someone or something is very good or very bad
They have a very high opinion of Paula's work.
4.) be of the opinion (that)
to think that something is true
I was firmly of the opinion that we should not give Jackson any more money.
a difference of opinion atdifference, be a matter of opinion atmatter1 (12), ↑public opinion
COLLOCATES for sense 1
in somebody's opinion
general/popular opinion (=what most people think about something)
public opinion (=what ordinary people think about something)
somebody's personal opinion
difference of opinion
a matter of opinion
ask (for) somebody's opinion
express/give/state an opinion
strong opinion
keep your opinions to yourself (=not say what you really think)
contrary to popular opinion (=despite what most people think)
HINT sense 1
Do not say 'according to someone's opinion'. Say either according to someone or in someone's opinion .

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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