opinion ( opinions plural )
1 n-count Your opinion about something is what you think or believe about it.
oft poss N, N that
I wasn't asking for your opinion, Dick..., He held the opinion that a government should think before introducing a tax..., Most who expressed an opinion spoke favorably of Thomas.
2 n-sing Your opinionof someone is your judgment of their character or ability.
usu supp N, N of n
That improved Mrs Goole's already favourable opinion of him.
3 n-uncount You can refer to the beliefs or views that people have as opinion.
Some, I suppose, might even be in positions to influence opinion..., There is a broad consensus of opinion about the policies which should be pursued.
4 n-count An opinion from an expert is the advice or judgment that they give you in the subject that they know a lot about.
Even if you have had a regular physical check-up recently, you should still seek a medical opinion.
6 You add expressions such as `in my opinion' or `in their opinion' to a statement in order to indicate that it is what you or someone else thinks, and is not necessarily a fact.
in sb's opinion phrase PHR with cl
Well he's not making a very good job of it in my opinion.
7 If someone is of the opinionthat something is the case, that is what they believe.
of the opinion phrase v-link PHR that
Frank is of the opinion that the 1934 yacht should have won.
a matter of opinion →
opinion former ( opinion formers plural ) , opinion maker Opinion formers are people who have a lot of influence over what the public thinks about things. n-count
opinion poll ( opinion polls plural ) An opinion poll involves asking people's opinions on a particular subject, especially one concerning politics. n-count
Nearly three-quarters of people questioned in an opinion poll agreed with the government's decision.
Public opinion is the opinion or attitude of the public regarding a particular matter. n-uncount
He mobilized public opinion all over the world against hydrogen-bomb tests.
second opinion ( second opinions plural ) If you get a second opinion, you ask another qualified person for their opinion about something such as your health. n-count
I would like a second opinion on my doctor's diagnosis.