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

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 For example, researchers hypothesize that regular coffee drinkers will more likely opt for a cup of coffee vs a more sugar-heavy caffeine boost from an energy drink or soda. Dr. Michael Daignault, USA TODAY, 9 June 2022 The researchers hypothesize that, as a result, fewer SARS-CoV-2 viruses are able to gain entry into these individuals’ bodies, significantly reducing their risk of severe COVID. Joanna Thompson, Scientific American, 18 May 2022 But by observing light reflected off it, scientists hypothesize the asteroid may be unusually rich in metal. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Jan. 2022 Some hypothesize that grasping a language requires absorbing subtle patterns unconsciously and that adults’ superior conscious reasoning interferes. Matthew Hutson, Scientific American, 26 Apr. 2022 The unique position of the wound led the researchers to hypothesize that the frill was punctured from the back. New York Times, 7 Apr. 2022 Many in the world of rare kidney diseases hypothesize these illnesses are probably not rare at all. Isabella Cueto, STAT, 2 May 2022 Researchers hypothesize that by the 1830s, Dutch pictures were fashionable there. Antonia Mufarech, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Apr. 2022 Researchers hypothesize that the organ is a way for certain species of insects to communicate amongst each other. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 20 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hypothesize

1738, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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24 Jun 2022

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“Hypothesize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypothesize. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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