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speculate
used in The Fountainhead

2 meanings, 9 uses
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1  —8 uses as in:
don't know, but I'll speculate
Definition
to think about, wonder, guess or theorize with much uncertainty
  • The event caused a great deal of curious speculation and bets were made on whether Toohey would dare to appear.
    1.9 — Part 1 Chapter 9 (32% in)
speculation = thoughts and 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.)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Not in a mood for abstract speculation?
    2.8 — Part 2 Chapter 8 (16% 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.)
  • It would be entertaining to speculate upon the nature and causes of humanity's illusions.
    2.10 — Part 2 Chapter 10 (37% in)
  • speculate = think
  • I speculate occasionally upon how far you'll go.
    2.11 — Part 2 Chapter 11 (77% in)
  • speculate = think or consider
  • It's interesting to speculate on the reasons that make men so anxious to debase themselves.
    3.4 — Part 3 Chapter 4 (62% in)
  • speculate = think
  • He forgot that he did not allow men he hired the presumption of personal speculation upon him.
    4.2 — Part 4 Chapter 2 (17% 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.)
  • There were many speculations on his motive.
    4.13 — Part 4 Chapter 13 (31% in)
  • speculations = thoughts, guesses, or theories
  • They did not speculate on the future.
    4.15 — Part 4 Chapter 15 (81% in)
speculate = think or consider
There are no more uses of "speculate" flagged with this meaning in The Fountainhead.

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
  • He had lost a large part of his personal fortune in careless stock speculation; but he had enough left to insure some comfort for the rest of his life.
    4.7 — Part 4 Chapter 7 (18% in)
speculation = risky investment
There are no more uses of "speculate" flagged with this meaning in The Fountainhead.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary / more samples — Oxford® USDictionary list — Onelook.com®