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

Definition of hypothesize

transitive verb

: to adopt as a hypothesis

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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 Experts hypothesize that the virus homes in on those cells, disrupting the pathway for the neurons to get to their destination in the brain. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Loss of smell and taste can linger after Covid or come back different," 6 Jan. 2021 Olejniczak and Wilson hypothesize that scientists who choose to pay for open access not only need financial resources, but also the sense of job security that tenure confers. Jeffrey Brainard, Science | AAAS, "A new mandate highlights costs, benefits of making all scientific articles free to read," 1 Jan. 2021 Since Dak Prescott’s injury, the Cowboys’ production through the air took a nosedive, leading many to hypothesize that maybe Dallas’ receiver corps was overhyped entering the season. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 things we learned from Cowboys-Eagles, including a new defensive wrinkle Mike Nolan deserves credit for," 28 Dec. 2020 That led him to hypothesize the same might apply for the virus that had just emerged from Wuhan. Lisa Du, Bloomberg.com, "The Scientist Who Saved Japan Once Battles a New Virus Surge," 19 Nov. 2020 Earlier in the episode, Lev-Ram and O’Keefe bring on Fortune entertainment reporter Aric Jenkins to hypothesize what factors will separate some streaming services from others. Brett Haensel, Fortune, "How the pandemic has expedited innovation within the film industry," 12 Nov. 2020 Some hypothesize that the virus itself could damage neurons. Eve Sneider, Wired, "An Election Week Case Surge, Vaccine Progress, and More Coronavirus News," 6 Nov. 2020 The researchers hypothesize that the additional X chromosome could somehow override the mutation and provide a protective effect. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "'The VEXAS syndrome': Scientists discover a rare and deadly inflammatory disorder in men," 27 Oct. 2020 Kitchens and Johnson hypothesize that the most salient differences between Facebook and Reddit aren’t the content itself but how platforms structure and feed news and information to users. Sidney Fussell, Wired, "It's Hard to Escape Facebook's Vortex of Polarization," 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of hypothesize

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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31 Jan 2021

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“Hypothesize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypothesize. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hypothesize

: to suggest (an idea or theory) : to make or suggest (a hypothesis)

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