From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishopiniono‧pin‧ion /əˈpɪnjən/ ●●●S1W2 noun1[countable, uncountable]OPINION your ideas or beliefs about a particular subjectopinion ofWhat’s your opinion of Cathy?opinion onHe asked his wife’s opinion on every important decision.opinion aboutThe two women had very different opinions about drugs.in my opinion (=used when giving your opinion)In my opinion, the law should be changed. Grammar ✗ Don’t say: on my opinion | according to my opinion →view1(1)RegisterIn everyday English, people usually say I think ... rather than my opinion is ... or in my opinion .... In questions, people usually ask what do you think? rather than what is your opinion?What do you think of Cathy?2[countable]ADVISEjudgment or advice from a professional person about somethingWhen 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 somebody/something4 →be of the opinion (that)COLLOCATIONSverbshave/hold an opinionEveryone seemed to have a different opinion.He holds strong opinions on these issues.ask somebody (for) their opinion (also ask for somebody’s opinion)We asked people for their opinions about the Olympics.Nobody asked my opinion.It’s a good idea to ask people for their opinions and suggestions.give/express an opinion (=say what your opinion is)He gave his opinion only when asked.voice/state an opinion written (=give your opinion, especially in a formal situation)She has every right to voice her opinion.form an opinion (=gradually decide what your opinion is)Olson had not yet formed an opinion as to Mark’s reliability.adjectivesthe general opinion (=the opinion that most people have about something)The general opinion seems to be that the government has made a mess of the war.popular/public opinion (=what ordinary people think about something)How much do newspapers influence popular opinion?somebody’s personal opinionMy personal opinion is that his first film was better.strong opinionsPeople have strong opinions about this subject.phraseshave a difference of opinion (= two people disagree)He and Luke had a difference of opinion.something is a matter of opinion (=used to say that you disagree, or that people disagree about something)‘He’s a very nice man.’ ‘That’s a matter of opinion, ’ thought Sam.contrary to popular opinion (=in spite of what most people think)Contrary to popular opinion, many cats dislike milk.in my humble opinion (=used when giving your opinion, especially when you want to emphasize what you are about to say)In my humble opinion, he is the greatest sportsman Britain has produced.keep your opinions to yourself (=not say what you really think)As the youngest person there, I knew enough to keep my opinions to myself.opinion is divided as to/on/over something (=people have different opinions about it)Opinion was divided as to whether the program will work.everyone is entitled to their opinion (=used especially when politely disagreeing with what someone says)Of course everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I can't accept what he is saying. COMMON ERRORS ► Don’t say ‘say your opinion’. Say give your opinion or express your opinion.
THESAURUSopinion what you think about something or someonePeople didn’t usually ask his opinion about anything.She has rather a low opinion of young people.view your opinion about a serious or important issueShe has strong views about education.In my view, footballers are paid too much.point of view your opinion, especially when this is influenced by the situation you are inFrom a farmer’s point of view, foxes are a nuisance.It all depends on your point of view.position the official opinion of a government, political party, or someone in authorityThe prime minister has made his position perfectly clear.The party has changed its position on nuclear weapons.attitude your opinions and feelings about something or someone, especially when this shows in your behaviourMy parents and I have very different attitudes to life.It was his attitude to women that shocked me. school of thought an opinion that one group of people have about a subject, especially when this is different from that of another groupThere is one school of thought that says that coffee is addictive and is therefore a bad thing.There are two schools of thought on this.