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Meaning of SPECULATE

Pronunciation:  'spekyu`leyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  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"
  2. [v]  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"
  3. [v]  to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds; "Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps."
  4. [v]  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"

SPECULATE is a 9 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: chew over, conjecture, contemplate, excogotate, hypothecate, hypothesise, hypothesize, job, meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, reflect, ruminate, suppose, theorise, theorize, think over
 See Also: anticipate, bethink, brood, bull, cerebrate, cogitate, commit, consider, construct, develop, dwell, expect, explicate, formulate, guess, hazard, introspect, invest, place, premeditate, put, puzzle, question, reason, reconstruct, retrace, say, study, suppose, theologise, theologize, think, venture, wonder, worry



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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 viewing
       it in its different aspects and relations; to meditate; to
       contemplate; to theorize; as, to speculate on questions in
       religion; to speculate on political events.
             It is remarkable that persons who speculate the most
             boldly often conform with the most pefect quietude
             to the external regulations of society. --Hawthorne.
    2. (Philos.) To view subjects from certain premises given or
       assumed, and infer conclusions respecting them a priori.
    3. (Com.) To purchase with the expectation of a contingent
       advance in value, and a consequent sale at a profit; --
       often, in a somewhat depreciative sense, of unsound or
       hazardous transactions; as, to speculate in coffee, in
       sugar, or in bank stock.
  2. \Spec"u*late\, v. t.
    To consider attentively; as, to speculate the nature of a
    thing. [R.] --Sir W. Hamilton.