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English verb: speculate

1. speculate (cognition) to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds


SamplesScientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps.


ExamplesThey speculate that there was a traffic accident


Synonymsconjecture, hypothecate, hypothesise, hypothesize, suppose, theorise, theorize


Pattern of useSomebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)anticipate, expect


Narrower (hyponym)construct, develop, explicate, formulate, reconstruct, retrace

2. speculate (communication) talk over conjecturally, or review in an idle or casual way and with an element of doubt or without sufficient reason to reach a conclusion


SamplesWe were speculating whether the President had to resign after the scandal.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)reason


Narrower (hyponym)guess, hazard, pretend, say, suppose, venture

3. speculate (cognition) reflect deeply on a subject


SamplesI mulled over the events of the afternoon.
Philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years.
The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate.


Synonymschew over, contemplate, excogitate, meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, reflect, ruminate, think over


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)cerebrate, cogitate, think


Narrower (hyponym)bethink, cogitate, consider, introspect, premeditate, puzzle, question, study, theologise, theologize, wonder

4. speculate (possession) invest at a risk


SamplesI bought this house not because I want to live in it but to sell it later at a good price, so I am speculating.


Synonymsjob


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)commit, invest, place, put


Narrower (hyponym)bull









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