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speculate
used in The Hunchback of Notre Dame

2 meanings, 2 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
  • He perceived that there was something else in the world besides the speculations of the Sorbonne, and the verses of Homer; that man needed affections; that life without tenderness and without love was only a set of dry, shrieking, and rending wheels.
    1.4.2 — Vol 1 Bk 4 Chpt 2 — Claude Frollo (57% in)
speculations = thoughts
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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
  • As he felt the king's pulse, Coictier assumed an air of greater and greater alarm. Louis XI. watched him with some anxiety.  Coictier grew visibly more gloomy.  The brave man had no other farm than the king's bad health.  He speculated on it to the best of his ability.
    2.10.5 — Vol 2 Bk 10 Chpt 5 — The Retreat in which.... (70% in)
speculated = tried to make profit
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