speculate


spec·u·late

verb \ˈspe-kyə-ˌlāt\

: to think about something and make guesses about it : to form ideas or theories about something usually when there are many things not known about it

: to invest money in ways that could produce a large profit but that also involve a lot of risk

spec·u·lat·edspec·u·lat·ing

Full Definition of SPECULATE

intransitive verb
1
a :  to meditate on or ponder a subject :  reflect
b :  to review something idly or casually and often inconclusively
2
:  to assume a business risk in hope of gain; especially :  to buy or sell in expectation of profiting from market fluctuations
transitive verb
1
:  to take to be true on the basis of insufficient evidence :  theorize
2
:  to be curious or doubtful about :  wonder <speculates whether it will rain all vacation>
spec·u·la·tor \-ˌlā-tər\ noun

Examples of SPECULATE

  1. She could only speculate about her friend's motives.
  2. He speculated as to whether she would come.
  3. We don't know what happened—we can only speculate.
  4. speculating on the stock market

Origin of SPECULATE

Latin speculatus, past participle of speculari to spy out, examine, from specula lookout post, from specere to look, look at — more at spy
First Known Use: 1599

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