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  Definition of speculate
  1. 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"
  2. to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds; "Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps"
  3. 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"
  4. 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"
Similar Words: chew over, think over, meditate, ponder, excogitate, contemplate, muse, reflect, mull, mull over, ruminate, theorize, theorise, conjecture, hypothesize, hypothesise, hypothecate, suppose, job

 

Hyponyms: premeditate, theologize, theologise, introspect, bethink, cogitate, wonder, question, puzzle, study, consider, reconstruct, construct, retrace, explicate, formulate, develop, guess, venture, pretend, hazard, suppose, say, bull

 

Derivational Morphology: meditation, speculation, contemplation, reflection, reflexion, rumination, musing, thoughtfulness, muser, muller, ponderer, ruminator, muse, supposition, supposal, guess, conjecture, surmise, surmisal, hypothesis, possibility, theory, theorist, theoretician, theorizer, theoriser, theorization, theorisation, speculator, venture, plunger

 

Anagrams: capsulate, aspectual

 

 
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