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SPECULATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does speculate mean? 

SPECULATE (verb)
  The verb SPECULATE has 4 senses:

1. to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds
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
3. reflect deeply on a subject
4. invest at a risk

  Familiarity information: SPECULATE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SPECULATE (verb)


Sense 1speculate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

theorize; theorise; speculate; hypothesize; hypothesise; conjecture; hypothecate; suppose

Context example:

Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps

Hypernyms (to "speculate" is one way to...):

anticipate; expect (regard something as probable or likely)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "speculate"):

construct; reconstruct; retrace (reassemble mentally)

develop; explicate; formulate (elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Sentence example:

They speculate that there was a traffic accident


Sense 2speculate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

We were speculating whether the President had to resign after the scandal

Hypernyms (to "speculate" is one way to...):

reason (think logically)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "speculate"):

guess; hazard; pretend; venture (put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation)

say; suppose (express a supposition)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 3speculate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reflect deeply on a subject

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

chew over; think over; ponder; muse; mull over; mull; meditate; excogitate; ruminate; speculate; reflect; contemplate

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "speculate" is one way to...):

cerebrate; cogitate; think (use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "speculate"):

premeditate (think or reflect beforehand or in advance)

consider; study (give careful consideration to)

puzzle (be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide)

question; wonder (place in doubt or express doubtful speculation)

cogitate (consider carefully and deeply; reflect upon; turn over in one's mind)

bethink (consider or ponder something carefully)

introspect (reflect on one's own thoughts and feelings)

theologise; theologize (make theoretical speculations about theology or discuss theological subjects)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


Sense 4speculate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Invest at a risk

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

job; speculate

Context example:

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

Hypernyms (to "speculate" is one way to...):

commit; invest; place; put (make an investment)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "speculate"):

bull (try to raise the price of stocks through speculative buying)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


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