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speculate
used in Northanger Abbey

2 meanings, 3 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
don't know, but I'll speculate
Definition
to think about, wonder, guess or theorize with much uncertainty
  • What this additional fortnight was to produce to her beyond the pleasure of sometimes seeing Henry Tilney made but a small part of Catherine's speculation.
    Chapter 17 (8% 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.)
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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
  • This was so material an amendment of his late expectations that it greatly contributed to smooth the descent of his pride; and by no means without its effect was the private intelligence, which he was at some pains to procure, that the Fullerton estate, being entirely at the disposal of its present proprietor, was consequently open to every greedy speculation.
    Chapter 31 (84% in)
speculation = money-making venture
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?  —1 use
exact meaning not specified
  • For Catherine, however, the peculiar object of the general's curiosity, and his own speculations, he had yet something more in reserve, and the ten or fifteen thousand pounds which her father could give her would be a pretty addition to Mr. Allen's estate.
    Chapter 30 (64% in)

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