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Meaning & Definition of Speculate in English

English

Speculate

/spɛkjəlet/

verb

1. To believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds

  • "Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps"
    synonym:
  • speculate
  • ,
  • theorize
  • ,
  • theorise
  • ,
  • conjecture
  • ,
  • hypothesize
  • ,
  • hypothesise
  • ,
  • hypothecate
  • ,
  • suppose

2. Talk over conjecturally, or review in an idle or casual way and with an element of doubt or without sufficient reason to reach a conclusion

  • "We were speculating whether the president had to resign after the scandal"
    synonym:
  • speculate

3. Reflect deeply on a subject

  • "I mulled over the events of the afternoon"
  • "Philosophers have speculated on the question of god for thousands of years"
  • "The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate"
    synonym:
  • chew over
  • ,
  • think over
  • ,
  • meditate
  • ,
  • ponder
  • ,
  • excogitate
  • ,
  • contemplate
  • ,
  • muse
  • ,
  • reflect
  • ,
  • mull
  • ,
  • mull over
  • ,
  • ruminate
  • ,
  • speculate

4. Invest at a risk

  • "I bought this house not because i want to live in it but to sell it later at a good price, so i am speculating"
    synonym:
  • speculate
  • ,
  • job