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 Krauss hypothesized that Addimando was self-injuring. Rachel Louise Snyder, The New Yorker, "When Can a Woman Who Kills Her Abuser Claim Self-Defense?," 20 Dec. 2019 As the galloping movement was present in several of the species, researchers hypothesized that the galloping started as a trait in crocodylomorphs, the land-dwelling ancestors of crocodiles which were cat-sized with long legs. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Giddy Up, Crocodile! Scientists Discover Several Crocodile Species Can Gallop," 19 Dec. 2019 Studies hypothesize sleep deprivation — combined with air travel — can negatively affect recovery and lead to injuries. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' sleep deprivation after road trip not good for 'the health of the game'," 13 Nov. 2019 While two-drug regimens would generally be considered more toxic, the CDC researchers hypothesized that the inclusion of FTC — as an effective antiretroviral drug with relatively low toxicity — could add more protection than seen with TDF alone. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, "U.S. sues Gilead, claiming it owns HIV PrEP patent," 7 Nov. 2019 Tesla was also one of the first scientists to hypothesize that X-rays could be harmful. Lauren Kent, CNN, "The Nikola Tesla inventions that should have made the inventor famous, such as the 'teleautomaton,' 'shadowgraphs' and possibly a death ray," 25 Oct. 2019 This led scientists to hypothesize that the moon was subject to intense collisions about 3.9 billion years ago, a period known as the late-heavy bombardment or, more poetically, the lunar cataclysm. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "Lunar Mysteries That Science Still Needs to Solve," 16 July 2019 Researchers hypothesize that the vagus is part of what’s known as the microbiota-gut-brain axis, and John Cryan, an Irish neuroscientist, has identified the nerve as one way that microbes in your gut send signals to your brain. The Editors, Outside Online, "How to Chill Out and Relax Already," 1 Jan. 2020 The researchers hypothesize this link occurs because trees growing in damp, shady places are less able to repair themselves than plants that grow in brighter conditions. Zach St. George, Scientific American, "Can We Identify Invasive Species before They Invade?," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of hypothesize

1738, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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31 Jan 2020

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“Hypothesize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypothesize. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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