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

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In last night’s episode, some fans debated whether or not Bran had his hand in a scene: Arya is sent a white horse to transport her out of the wreckage, and fans hypothesized that maybe Bran sent it to save her. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Everything Fans Flipped Out About on Last Night’s Game of Thrones," 13 May 2019 Wired hypothesized that the Foreshadow bug could break down the walls between virtual machines, a real concern for cloud companies whose services share space with other theoretically isolated processes. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Foreshadow is a new speculative execution exploit targeting Intel's SGX on Core chips," 14 Aug. 2018 The show is a follow-up to the 2016 drama that hypothesized the first American pope, Lenny Belardo, played by Jude Law, who takes the name Pius XIII. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Jude Law Blesses the Internet While Filming The New Pope," 9 Apr. 2019 Redditor AnghkoR_ hypothesizes that the Night King can’t be killed, only replaced. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Season 8: 18 Fan Theories to Know," 18 Mar. 2019 The first, as experts Colin Kahl and Vipin Narang hypothesized in the Washington Post, is that the president learned the wrong lesson from his dealings with North Korea. Alex Ward, Vox, "Here’s why Trump is blasting Iran on Twitter," 23 July 2018 In 2015, the LIGO telescope became the first to detect gravitational waves, first hypothesized by Einstein over a hundred years ago. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "LIGO Gravitational Wave Observatory Getting $30 Million Upgrade," 15 Feb. 2019 Wade and colleagues noted that men and women prioritize different traits during mate selection, and thus hypothesized that men and women might be differentially responsive to different reconciliatory tactics. Cindi May, Scientific American, "How To Reconcile With A Romantic Partner," 17 Apr. 2018 Reid hypothesizes that the ants decide whether or not to stay part of the bridge based on how often they are touched. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Army Ants Use Themselves To Build Perfectly Efficient Living Bridges," 24 Nov. 2015

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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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English Language Learners Definition of hypothesize

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

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