the·​o·​rize | \ ˈthē-ə-ˌrīz How to pronounce theorize (audio) , ˈthir-ˌīz\
theorized; theorizing

Definition of theorize

transitive verb

1 : to form a theory about
2 : to propose as a theory

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theorization \ ˌthē-​ə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce theorization (audio) , ˌthir-​ə-​ \ noun
theorizer noun

Examples of theorize in a Sentence

Many scientists have theorized about the possibility of life on other planets.

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During a fairly passive aggressive couple’s therapy session between Madeline and Ed, Dr. Reisman theorizes about what led Madeline to cheat. Ariana Romero,, "This Big Little Lies Revelation Explains The Secret Behind Madeline's Failed Marriages," 25 June 2019 For the authors, the Founders are best understood as wise and gifted statesman and not theorizing revolutionaries. Daniel J. Mahoney, National Review, "Democracy’s Moral Foundations: Recovering Our ‘Constitution in Full’," 20 June 2019 Sassi refrains from theorizing about why philosophy arose independently in three cultures around the same time. Peter Adamson, The New York Review of Books, "What Was Philosophy?," 17 June 2019 Hansmann theorized that many people join a club or organization not merely because of the benefits of membership, but also to be surrounded by individuals that they felt characterized the spirit and culture of the organization. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, "The exclusive gym and the rigid gym-goer," 9 June 2019 Screening was laborious, and, Herold theorizes, perhaps there was hesitation because other prevention trials had failed, and so had teplizumab in the large drug company study. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "In milestone trial, experimental drug delays type 1 diabetes," 9 June 2019 That flaming streak seen shooting across the sky above Paris hinted that Jean is still alive in some form, but without a post-credits scene at the end explaining things further, fans will just have to speculate and theorize on their own. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Here's The Deal With Dark Phoenix's Post-Credits Sitch," 8 June 2019 The writer William Burroughs theorized that language is a virus infecting our minds. Ephrat Livni, Quartzy, "Retreating into silence is increasingly appealing…but where do you go?," 6 June 2019 These are pretty rare in people with penises, anyway, but experts theorize that an intact foreskin provides a better environment for potentially UTI-causing bacteria. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "11 Things Everyone Should Know About Uncircumcised Penises," 29 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of theorize

1638, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of theorize

: to think of or suggest ideas about what is possibly true or real : to form or suggest a theory about something

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