speculate


speculate
01. She [speculated] as to her friend's motives.
02. The President has refused to [speculate] on whether military intervention will be necessary.
03. I really can't [speculate] at this point as to who the Prime Minister will include in his new Cabinet.
04. It's useless [speculating] what Henderson would do if he were in charge because he's not in charge, and he never will be.
05. Any guesses as to who will take over as chairman are pure [speculation] at this point, and shouldn't be taken seriously.
06. This latest development has raised further [speculation] about his political future.
07. Following the discoveries of Isaac Newton, scientists no longer had to [speculate] on why the planets move.
08. The dramatic increase in the price of housing is the result of [speculation], and the drop in interest rates.
09. Mark Twain once said that there are two times in a man's life when he should not [speculate]: when he can't afford it, and when he can.
10. It is really too early to [speculate] on what the new leader of the party will be able to do about uniting the different interests into supporting a single policy initiative.
11. Futurists are now [speculating] that computers capable of thinking abstractly will be developed in our lifetimes.
12. The exact origins of the human species are subject to broad [speculation].
13. When oil was first discovered in Venezuela in the early 1900s, [speculators] were disappointed not to find similar deposits in the neighboring country of Colombia.
14. [Speculation] over the existence of the land now known as Antarctica was not confirmed until the early 1820s.
15. The Upanishads, written around 600 B.C., are a collection of Indian [speculations] on the nature of reality and the soul, and the relations between these two.
16. The link between stress and the immune system has led some to [speculate] about the possible relationship between stress and chronic illnesses such as cancer.
17. Rather than trying to make conclusions based on [speculation], psychologists conduct research to develop and test theories regarding how and why people act, think and feel the way they do.
18. He inherited an immense fortune, which he then increased by [speculation].

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  • Speculate — Spec u*late, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Speculated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Speculating}.] [L. speculatus, p. p. of speculari to spy out, observe, fr. specula a lookout, fr. specere to look. See {Spy}.] 1. To consider by turning a subject in the mind, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • speculate — spec·u·late / spe kyə ˌlāt/ vb lat·ed, lat·ing vi 1: to theorize on the basis of insufficient evidence ◇ A jury is not permitted to speculate on a matter about which insufficient evidence has been presented in reaching its verdict. 2: to assume a …   Law dictionary

  • Speculate — Spec u*late, v. t. To consider attentively; as, to speculate the nature of a thing. [R.] Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • speculate — (v.) 1590s, back formation from SPECULATION (Cf. speculation). Related: Speculated; speculating …   Etymology dictionary

  • speculate — reason, reflect, *think, cogitate, deliberate Analogous words: *ponder, meditate, muse, ruminate: *consider, weigh, study, contemplate, excogitate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • speculate — ► VERB 1) form a theory or conjecture without firm evidence. 2) invest in stocks, property, or other ventures in the hope of financial gain but with the risk of loss. DERIVATIVES speculation noun speculator noun. ORIGIN Latin speculari observe ,… …   English terms dictionary

  • speculate — [spek′yə lāt΄] vi. speculated, speculating [< L speculatus, pp. of speculari, to view < specula, watchtower < specere, to see: see SPY] 1. to think about the various aspects of a given subject; meditate; ponder; esp., to conjecture 2. to …   English World dictionary

  • speculate — v. 1) (D; intr.) ( to meditate, think ) to speculate about, on (to speculate about what might have been) 2) (D; intr.) ( to conduct business by taking risks ) to speculate in; on (to speculate in oil shares; to speculate in gold; to speculate on… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • speculate — verb ADVERB ▪ openly, publicly ▪ Commentators are openly speculating on whether the accusation is false. ▪ widely ▪ wildly ▪ The British press speculated …   Collocations dictionary