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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Other Words from theorize

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.
Recent Examples on the Web This trend, and the variety of markings found, suggests the body art may be associated with women’s roles as healers and priestesses, not simply fertility and sexuality as previously theorized. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Infrared Reveals Egyptian Mummies’ Hidden Tattoos," 5 Dec. 2019 Those opposed to the Florida bill are wary of its intentions, theorizing that focusing on divorce from a financial aspect could be an opportunity to perpetuate the moral beliefs of the bill’s backers. Elena Sheppard, Fortune, "Is Divorce Costing Florida Too Much Money?," 27 Nov. 2019 Johnson and Klatt theorized as the Buckeyes were calling timeouts while Maryland had the ball in the final minute of the first half. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Why was Ohio State so aggressive in the first half against Maryland?," 9 Nov. 2019 And, as the scientists theorized, Ohmic heating saved serious time and energy—as much as a two-thirds reduction on both counts. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Figured Out a Cool Way to Make Better Gluten-Free Bread," 29 Oct. 2019 Conceiving of utopia as an ever-evolving journey and not a finite destination—as philosophers Ernst Bloch and José Esteban Muñoz theorize—might be the answer. Curbed Staff, Curbed, "Can utopia ever exist?," 18 July 2019 As researchers have theorized, part of this may come down to heat stress, or basically the various ways that being way too hot can tax the human body and mind. Anna Borges, SELF, "7 Tips for Anyone Who Gets Depressed in the Summer," 21 June 2019 Stylists might be less likely to expose clients' skin to the dye chemicals, Brawley theorized. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Study links hair dyes and chemical straighteners to higher breast cancer risk, particularly among black women," 6 Dec. 2019 In court documents, Weinstein has theorized that Dulos has several Greek benefactors who are paying his legal fees. Dave Altimari,, "Fotis Dulos testifies at civil trial in financial dispute with mother of estranged wife, Jennifer Farber Dulos, missing since May," 3 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of theorize

1638, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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10 Jan 2020

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“Theorize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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