What does speculate mean?

Definitions for speculateˈspɛk yəˌleɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word speculate.

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.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Speculate

    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 speculārispecula, a lookout—specĕre, to look.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of speculate in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of speculate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Paul Ryan:

    I want the memo to come out, it’s not good to speculate.

  2. Paul Caruso:

    We can't speculate on a cause yet, there are many variables involved.

  3. Cyrille Gibot:

    For now we're not going to speculate on what measures they could take.

  4. Hakan Buskhe:

    We try to be extremely affordable, but can't speculate on impact from oil prices.

  5. Greg Waldron:

    It's too early now to speculate on whether it was an issue with the aircraft or crew.

Images & Illustrations of speculate

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Translations for speculate

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

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

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