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speculate

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Definition to guess without certainty

or:

to think about or consider something

or (more rarely):

to risk money in a financial venture
  • philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years
speculated = thought and guessed without certainty
  • We were speculating as to whether a president would have to resign after that kind of scandal.
  • speculating = thoughtfully guessing
  • But by degrees the flood of music drove all speculations out of his mind.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • speculations = thoughts about what might be
  • One can only speculate about why Franz became so attached to McCandless so quickly, but the affection he felt was genuine, intense, and unalloyed.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • speculate = guess
  • These were abstract speculations for the first month of her stay, as she had little to say to Jem or me, and we saw her only at mealtimes and at night before we went to bed.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • speculations = thoughts about what might be
  • It was testimony to the romantic speculation he inspired that there were whispers about him from those who found little that it was necessary to whisper about in this world.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • speculation = thoughts of what might be
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • No hint of such speculation appears on the court record, but social disorder in any age breeds such mystical suspicions, and when, as in Salem, wonders are brought forth from below the social surface, it is too much to expect people to hold back very long from laying on the victims with all the force of their frustrations.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • speculation = something guessed as possibly true
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • I guessed he was trying not to speculate too much, trying to keep my behavior off his mind.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • speculate = think to figure something out when there can be no certainty
  • He must love watching all the reports, hearing all the details, the speculation.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • speculation = guesses without certainty
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • 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
  • speculate = to guess without certainty
  • A theological speculation presented itself.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • speculation = a theory to think about (something guessed, but not known for sure)
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • And there's been some speculation that you may ... have some kind of problem.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • speculation = thought and guesses (without certainty)
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • The doctor looked at him, speculating. "I'd think you'd want to settle down."
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • speculating = to guess without certainty; or to think on a subject
  • We had all laughed about it, speculated on who those mean boys were and then...
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • speculated = guessed without certainty
  • There was no use speculating; it was better to move ahead.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • speculating = considering, thinking, or guessing
  • 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
  • speculation = the act of guessing (while thinking or talking)
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • "Guess we're about in for a blizzard," speculated Kennicott
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • speculated = to guess without certainty
  • He said close as he could speculate I was right in the middle of Luzana.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • speculate = to guess without certainty
  • 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
  • speculate = guess without certainty
  • Did you speculate any more?
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
speculate = guess without certainty; or think or consider

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