Speculate - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈspekjuleɪt|  American pronunciation of the word speculate
Brit.  |ˈspɛkjʊleɪt|  British pronunciation of the word speculate

verb

- to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds (syn: conjecture, hypothecate, hypothesise, hypothesize, suppose, theorise, theorize)
- 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
- reflect deeply on a subject(syn: contemplate, excogitate, meditate, mull, muse, ponder, reflect, ruminate)

philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years

- invest at a risk (syn: job)

Examples

She could only speculate about her friend's motives.

He speculated as to whether she would come.

We don't know what happened—we can only speculate.

She was speculating about Charlie's future.

There's no point speculating about what went on in the room.

philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years

We can speculate about the future, but on a more practical level, we have to admit that we simply don't know what will happen.

...we have too many earthbound worries to speculate on the number of angels who can dance on the head of a pin...

It's futile to speculate about what might have been.

It was imprudent of them to speculate on the stock exchange.

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: speculate
he/she/it: speculates
present participle: speculating
past tense: speculated
past participle: speculated
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