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speculate
used in The War of the Worlds

3 uses
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Definition
to think about, wonder, guess or theorize with much uncertainty
  • He was full of speculation that night about the condition of Mars, and scoffed at the vulgar idea of its having inhabitants who were signalling us.
    1.1 — Book 1 Chapter 1 — The Coming of the Martians (78% in)
speculation = theories

(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.)
  • After working an hour I began to speculate on the distance one had to go before the cloaca was reached, the chances we had of missing it altogether.
    2.7 — Book 2 Chapter 7 — The Man on Putney Hill (78% in)
  • speculate = think
  • But such unproven speculations will scarcely be of interest to the general reader, to whom this story is addressed.
    2.10 — Book 2 Chapter 10 — The Epilogue (20% in)
speculations = theories
There are no more uses of "speculate" in The War of the Worlds.

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