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speculate
used in Unbroken by Hillenbrand

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Definition
to think about, wonder, guess or theorize with much uncertainty
  • At the halfway point, he was an eighth of a mile ahead, and observers began speculating on when the boy in the black shorts was going to collapse.
    p. 17.9
speculating = wondering or guessing
  • A butler overheard the president speculating on what he'd do if Japanese forces advanced as far as Chicago.
    p. 52.2
  • speculating = thinking
  • Because a wheelbarrow's worth was spread over hundreds of men, a serving amounted to about a thimble-sized portion; it consisted of things like lungs and intestines, assorted dog parts, something the POWs called "elephant semen," and, once, a mystery lump that, after considerable speculation, the men decided was a horse's vagina.
    p. 235.6
speculation = guessing and theorizing

(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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