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"
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"
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"
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"
to think, meditate or reflect on a subject; to deliberate or cogitate
to make an inference based on inconclusive evidence; to surmise or conjecture
to make a risky trade in the hope of making a profit; to venture or gamble
Origin: From speculatus, past participle of speculor, from specula, from specio
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
to view subjects from certain premises given or assumed, and infer conclusions respecting them a priori
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
to consider attentively; as, to speculate the nature of a thing
Origin: [L. speculatus, p. p. of speculari to spy out, observe, fr. specula a lookout, fr. specere to look. See Spy.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
spek′ū-lāt, v.i. to look at or into with the mind: to consider: to theorise: to traffic for great profit.—ns. Speculā′tion, act of speculating: mental view: contemplation: theory: the buying goods, &c., to sell them at an advance, any more or less risky investment of money for the sake of unusually large profits; Spec′ulātist, a speculative philosopher.—adj. Spec′ūlātive, given to speculation or theory: ideal: pertaining to speculation in business, &c.—adv. Spec′ulātively.—ns. Spec′ulātiveness, the state of being speculative; Spec′ulātor, one who engages in mental speculations, or who practises speculation in trade or business of any kind.—adj. Spec′ūlātory, exercising speculation: adapted for spying or viewing.—n. Spec′ulātrix, a female speculator. [L. speculatus, pa.p. of speculāri—specula, a lookout—specĕre, to look.]
The numerical value of speculate in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of speculate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
We can't speculate on a cause yet, there are many variables involved.
It's a tragedy. It's not fair to Miss Bronstein, it's not fair to the decedents' families to speculate.
After the black box is found, we are able to issue a preliminary report in one month, we cannot yet speculate what caused the crash.
There are two times in a man's life when he should not speculate when he can't afford it, and when he can. - from Following the Equator
Statesmen may plan and speculate for liberty but it is religion and morality alone that can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand.
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