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speculate
used in Middlemarch

2 meanings, 10 uses
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1  —9 uses as in:
don't know, but I'll speculate
Definition
to think about, wonder, guess or theorize with much uncertainty
  • Who can tell what just criticisms Murr the Cat may be passing on us beings of wider speculation?
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (26% in)
speculation = thought

(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.)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • But further reflection told her that she was presumptuous in demanding his attention to such a subject; he would not disapprove of her occupying herself with it in leisure moments, as other women expected to occupy themselves with their dress and embroidery—would not forbid it when—Dorothea felt rather ashamed as she detected herself in these speculations.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (24% in)
  • speculations = thoughts
  • But he was something more unmanageable than a dragon: he was a benefactor with collective society at his back, and he was at that moment entering the room in all the unimpeachable correctness of his demeanor, while Dorothea was looking animated with a newly roused alarm and regret, and Will was looking animated with his admiring speculation about her feelings.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (84% in)
  • speculation = thoughts

    (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.)
  • It must be confessed, also, that momentary speculations as to all the possible grounds for Mrs. Bulstrode's hints had managed to get woven like slight clinging hairs into the more substantial web of his thoughts.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (79% in)
  • speculations = thoughts or guesses
  • Another stranger had been brought to settle in the neighborhood of Middlemarch, but in the case of Mr. Rigg Featherstone there was more discontent with immediate visible consequences than speculation as to the effect which his presence might have in the future.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (17% in)
  • speculation = thought

    (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.)
  • He has everything at home then—no teasing with personal speculations—he can get calmness and freedom.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (25% in)
  • speculations = thoughts
  • It was not only that he was unwilling to entertain thoughts which could be accused of baseness, and was already uneasy in the sense that he had to justify himself from the charge of ingratitude—the latent consciousness of many other barriers between himself and Dorothea besides the existence of her husband, had helped to turn away his imagination from speculating on what might befall Mr. Casaubon.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (38% in)
  • speculating = wondering
  • For the moment he lost the sense of his wound in a sudden speculation about this new form of feminine impassibility revealing itself in the sylph-like frame which he had once interpreted as the sign of a ready intelligent sensitiveness.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (56% in)
  • speculation = thought or theory

    (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.)
  • How he could be "kin" to Bulstrode as well was not so clear, but Mrs. Abel agreed with her husband that there was "no knowing," a proposition which had a great deal of mental food for her, so that she shook her head over it without further speculation.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (65% in)
speculation = thought

(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.)
There are no more uses of "speculate" flagged with this meaning in Middlemarch.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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2  —1 use as in:
speculate in the stock market
Definition
to take a risk for profit—typically a risky investment
  • I like neither Bulstrode nor speculation.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (91% in)
speculation = risky investment
There are no more uses of "speculate" flagged with this meaning in Middlemarch.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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