speculate

  • 1 speculate — spec‧u‧late [ˈspekjleɪt] verb 1. [intransitive] FINANCE to buy goods, shares, property etc in the hope that their value will increase so that you can sell them at a higher price and make a profit, often quickly: speculate in • Investors may… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2 Speculate — Spec u*late, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Speculated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Speculating}.] [L. speculatus, p. p. of speculari to spy out, observe, fr. specula a lookout, fr. specere to look. See {Spy}.] 1. To consider by turning a subject in the mind, and… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 speculate — spec·u·late / spe kyə ˌlāt/ vb lat·ed, lat·ing vi 1: to theorize on the basis of insufficient evidence ◇ A jury is not permitted to speculate on a matter about which insufficient evidence has been presented in reaching its verdict. 2: to assume a …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 Speculate — Spec u*late, v. t. To consider attentively; as, to speculate the nature of a thing. [R.] Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 speculate — [v1] think about deeply and theorize beat one’s brains*, brainstorm*, build castles in air*, call it, call the turn, cerebrate, chew over*, cogitate, conjecture, consider, contemplate, deliberate, dope*, dope out*, excogitate, figure, figure out* …

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  • 6 speculate — (v.) 1590s, back formation from SPECULATION (Cf. speculation). Related: Speculated; speculating …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 speculate — reason, reflect, *think, cogitate, deliberate Analogous words: *ponder, meditate, muse, ruminate: *consider, weigh, study, contemplate, excogitate …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 speculate — ► VERB 1) form a theory or conjecture without firm evidence. 2) invest in stocks, property, or other ventures in the hope of financial gain but with the risk of loss. DERIVATIVES speculation noun speculator noun. ORIGIN Latin speculari observe ,… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 speculate — [spek′yə lāt΄] vi. speculated, speculating [< L speculatus, pp. of speculari, to view < specula, watchtower < specere, to see: see SPY] 1. to think about the various aspects of a given subject; meditate; ponder; esp., to conjecture 2. to …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 speculate — v. 1) (D; intr.) ( to meditate, think ) to speculate about, on (to speculate about what might have been) 2) (D; intr.) ( to conduct business by taking risks ) to speculate in; on (to speculate in oil shares; to speculate in gold; to speculate on… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 11 speculate — verb ADVERB ▪ openly, publicly ▪ Commentators are openly speculating on whether the accusation is false. ▪ widely ▪ wildly ▪ The British press speculated …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 12 speculate — 01. She [speculated] as to her friend s motives. 02. The President has refused to [speculate] on whether military intervention will be necessary. 03. I really can t [speculate] at this point as to who the Prime Minister will include in his new… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 13 speculate — [[t]spe̱kjʊleɪt[/t]] ♦♦♦ speculates, speculating, speculated 1) VERB If you speculate about something, you make guesses about its nature or identity, or about what might happen. [V prep] Critics of the project speculate about how many hospitals… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 speculate */ — UK [ˈspekjʊleɪt] / US [ˈspekjəˌleɪt] verb Word forms speculate : present tense I/you/we/they speculate he/she/it speculates present participle speculating past tense speculated past participle speculated 1) [intransitive/transitive] to consider… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 speculate — spec|u|late [ˈspekjuleıt] v [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of speculari to watch (secretly) , from specere to look (at) ] 1.) [I and T] to guess about the possible causes or effects of something, without knowing all the… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 speculate — spec|u|late [ spekjə,leıt ] verb * 1. ) intransitive or transitive to consider or discuss why something has happened: speculate on/about: We can only speculate on the reasons for his sudden resignation. speculate that: Archaeologists speculate… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 speculate — verb 1 (I, T) to think or talk about the possible causes or effects of something without knowing all the facts or details (+ on/about): We can only speculate about why he did it. | speculate that: George began to speculate that the two events… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 speculate — spec•u•late [[t]ˈspɛk yəˌleɪt[/t]] v. lat•ed, lat•ing 1) to engage in thought or reflection; meditate (often fol. by on or upon) 2) to indulge in conjectural thought 3) bus to buy or sell commodities, property, stocks, etc., esp. at risk of a… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 speculate — verb 1) they speculated about my private life Syn: conjecture, theorize, hypothesize, guess, surmise; think, wonder, muse 2) investors speculate on the stock market Syn: gamble on, take a risk on, v …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 20 speculate — verb 1) they speculated about my private life Syn: conjecture, theorize, hypothesize, guess, surmise, wonder, muse 2) investors speculate on the stock market Syn: gamble, venture, wager …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

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