Definitions for speculateˈspɛk yəˌleɪt

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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"


  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

  5. Origin: [L. speculatus, p. p. of speculari to spy out, observe, fr. specula a lookout, fr. specere to look. See Spy.]

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  • spekulovatCzech
  • spekulere, gætteDanish
  • spekulieren, vermutenGerman
  • pohdiskella, keinotella, jossitella, pohtia, spekuloida, arvaillaFinnish
  • spéculerFrench
  • делать предположения, размышлять, спекулировать, предполагатьRussian
  • spekuleraSwedish

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