hy·​poth·​e·​size hī-ˈpä-thə-ˌsīz How to pronounce hypothesize (audio)
hypothesized; hypothesizing

transitive verb

: to adopt as a hypothesis

Examples of hypothesize in a Sentence

Psychologists hypothesized that his odd behavior was caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. if we hypothesize that current population trends continue for the next 50 years
Recent Examples on the Web James Webb Telescope Finds 'Swirling Clouds' on Planet with 22-Hour Day and 1,500-Degree Temps It is hypothesized to be comprised mostly of hydrogen and helium, which scientists explain likely formed a hugely inflated atmosphere. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 16 May 2024 But her novel insight was to look at the calorie the other way around, by hypothesizing that it might be used not only to guide healthy weight gain but weight loss as well. Michelle Stacey, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 May 2024 These structures, Lichtman hypothesizes, may help explain how learned habits, such as stopping at a red light without thinking, are etched into the physical architecture of the brain. Adam Piore — Boston Globe, STAT, 10 May 2024 That ability has been hypothesized as a factor in human evolution. Paul Smaglik, Discover Magazine, 7 May 2024 The light data also revealed something striking about the gas giant’s atmospheric conditions—a total lack of methane, which astronomers previously hypothesized may be detectable, at least on the nightside. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 1 May 2024 In 2013, after more than two years of falling PC revenue (and after the stock price bottomed at under $11), Dell decided to take his baby private—hypothesizing that shielding the company from Wall Street’s short-term focus on profitability was the best way to reset for the long term. Michal Lev-Ram, Fortune, 25 Mar. 2024 These responses is hypothesized to be seen again on April 8. Ella Gonzales, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 29 Mar. 2024 Radebaugh also presented research at the conference, using computer models to hypothesize that Titan’s geology may be slightly more asymmetrical than previously thought. Christian Thorsberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1738, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of hypothesize was in 1738

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“Hypothesize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypothesize. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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hy·​poth·​e·​size hī-ˈpäth-ə-ˌsīz How to pronounce hypothesize (audio)
hypothesized; hypothesizing
: to make a hypothesis
: to adopt as a hypothesis

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