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as in:  don’t know, but I’ll speculate

philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years
  to guess without certainty


to think about or consider something

or (more rarely):

to risk money in a financial venture
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Strongly Associated with:   speculative
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  • philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years
  • We were speculating as to whether a president would have to resign after that kind of scandal.
  • The doctor looked at him, speculating. "I’d think you’d want to settle down."
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • Did you speculate any more?
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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  • A theological speculation presented itself.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • By the next morning everyone at school knew I was walking Jamie home, and this started up a new round of speculation about the two of us.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • I was speculating how one day, years from now, I would send the store a dollar in an envelope to cover it, spelling out how guilt had dominated every moment of my life,
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • I guessed he was trying not to speculate too much, trying to keep my behavior off his mind.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • He said close as he could speculate I was right in the middle of Luzana.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • there is no use speculating on that subject.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest

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  • And there’s been some speculation that you may have some kind of problem.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • Uncle Buson was the one I liked to speculate on. He didn’t die. He just disappeared.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • She heard the boys speculate that the branding would be done in another week, which meant they were close to starting the drive.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • "Guess we’re about in for a blizzard," speculated Kennicott
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Each member of the family had a little cache of gifts hidden somewhere in the house away from the others. It was very dishonorable for anyone to snoop on the day before Christmas so no one ever did but there was no harm in speculating upon where the gifts might be hidden.
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • He must love watching all the reports, hearing all the details, the speculation.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • There was no use speculating; it was better to move ahead.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • We had all laughed about it, speculated on who those mean boys were and then...
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • This is because they argue about what it means to be among the Living, and because they don’t know they can only speculate,
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
  • It is one thing to speculate about what might be. It is quite another to act in behalf of our dreams, to treat them as objectives that are achievable and worth achieving.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • And they speculated on and on about Red troubles in the south part of the Wobbish country, because that was the most important topic of conversation around, and since nobody knowed anything accurate anyway, ...
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • Ellen doesn’t mind speculating, believe me, she’s hosted an array of strangers from my past who swear they are my friends, and they all have lovely things to say about me, even the ones who never much liked me.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • But if it was always a point of speculation, where one person insisted it was a certain way and another denied it, how would anyone ever hold on to the truth?
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • After the article appeared—and the potential value of the collection became a topic of heated speculation in the art world—he became even more persistent, though by then I was the only one who was there to listen.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • I’ve heard some people speculate all the time on when you’ll be ascending."
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • They’d sit up late talking in hushed voices about their ex-husbands and speculating about new boyfriends, while the kids played Trouble and Sorry! in the next room.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • Anyway, it’s all just speculation.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • And second, secrets inspire speculation.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • "I suppose it’s better for you to know the truth than rumors and speculation.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • People began to mutter and speculate, the volume of their conversations rising again.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • An article came out in People calling us "the scum of the earth" and speculating about the beat-downs and abuse Martha might suffer.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • That evening we spent most of our run speculating about what Myers would tell us.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • "Maybe it’s a small-town thing," she speculated.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • Pure speculation of course, but something had certainly broken my lute string, and I didn’t doubt for a second that Ambrose would try something of the sort.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • There was no point in speculating.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • "I’m not leaving Ohio on nothing more than speculation."
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • "I’m afraid we no longer need to speculate if Levana intends to start a war against Earth.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • It was almost impossible not to speculate about the more intimate aspects of his life.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Once, when they didn’t know she was in the girls’ room at school, she’d heard them speculate that maybe he’d died in the war.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • It would be such a relief to think his predictions about the thing to come were nothing more than wild speculation.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • The Humbug speculated on how he’d ever become involved in such a hazardous undertaking.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • This year Ellie and Brenda both had boyfriends at the consolidated high school and the problem of what to give them and what to expect from them was cause of endless speculation and fights.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Bridge to Terabithia
  • Pedestrians on the street stopped to study the glow and speculate on what direction it was traveling; people hung out of their windows and communicated what they saw to those on the street.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • He pieced together different bits of information from which he could track the movements of the German army and speculate on what the Allied forces in Europe, led by Great Britain, the United States, and the Soviet Union—no longer a partner with Germany—might be planning.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • They speculate about how much snow we are bound to get tonight, how long it will stay on the ground, when we might expect more snow, and what kind of winter it will be.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Father said that surveyors always knew about the good deals on land and could get rich speculating.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • All conjecture and speculation on your part.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • The recruits speculate in eager whispers.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Scientists speculate that the brain and its neuro-pathways are still too plastic before then, still in the middle of forming themselves.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • Then they’ll start speculating.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
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