Definitions for speculateˈspɛk yəˌleɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

spec•u•lateˈspɛk yəˌleɪt(v.)-lat•ed, -lat•ing.

  1. (v.i.)to engage in thought or reflection; meditate (often fol. by on or upon).

  2. to indulge in conjectural thought.

  3. to buy or sell commodities, property, stocks, etc., esp. at risk of a loss, in the expectation of making a profit through market fluctuations.

    Category: Business

  4. (v.t.)to consider or think curiously about; suppose, propose, or wonder:

    to speculate that an agreement will be reached; to speculate whether a quarrel was serious.

Origin of speculate:

1590–1600; < L speculātus, ptp. of speculārī to watch over, explore, der. of specula watch tower, n. der. of specere to look, regard; see -ate1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. speculate, theorize, theorise, conjecture, hypothesize, hypothesise, hypothecate, suppose(verb)

    to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds

    "Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps"

  2. speculate(verb)

    talk over conjecturally, or review in an idle or casual way and with an element of doubt or without sufficient reason to reach a conclusion

    "We were speculating whether the President had to resign after the scandal"

  3. chew over, think over, meditate, ponder, excogitate, contemplate, muse, reflect, mull, mull over, ruminate, speculate(verb)

    reflect deeply on a subject

    "I mulled over the events of the afternoon"; "philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years"; "The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate"

  4. speculate, job(verb)

    invest at a risk

    "I bought this house not because I want to live in it but to sell it later at a good price, so I am speculating"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. speculate(verb)ˈspɛk yəˌleɪt

    to guess what is true or why sth has happened

    I'm not going to speculate on who did it.; Experts speculate that global warming will cause increased flooding in the region.


  1. speculate(Verb)

    to think, meditate or reflect on a subject; to deliberate or cogitate

  2. speculate(Verb)

    to make an inference based on inconclusive evidence; to surmise or conjecture

  3. speculate(Verb)

    to make a risky trade in the hope of making a profit; to venture or gamble

  4. Origin: From speculatus, past participle of speculor, from specula, from specio

Webster Dictionary

  1. Speculate(verb)

    to consider by turning a subject in the mind, and viewing it in its different aspects and relations; to meditate; to contemplate; to theorize; as, to speculate on questions in religion; to speculate on political events

  2. Speculate(verb)

    to view subjects from certain premises given or assumed, and infer conclusions respecting them a priori

  3. Speculate(verb)

    to purchase with the expectation of a contingent advance in value, and a consequent sale at a profit; -- often, in a somewhat depreciative sense, of unsound or hazardous transactions; as, to speculate in coffee, in sugar, or in bank stock

  4. Speculate(verb)

    to consider attentively; as, to speculate the nature of a thing

Anagrams of speculate

  1. peculates

Translations for speculate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to make guesses

He's only speculating; – he doesn't know; There's no point in speculating about what's going to happen.

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