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spec·u·late

 (spĕk′yə-lāt′)
v. spec·u·lat·ed, spec·u·lat·ing, spec·u·lates
v.intr.
1. To engage in a course of reasoning often based on inconclusive evidence; conjecture or theorize.
2. To engage in the buying or selling of a commodity with an element of risk on the chance of profit.
v.tr.
To assume to be true without conclusive evidence: speculated that high cholesterol was a contributing factor to the patient's health problems.

[Latin speculārī, speculāt-, to observe, from specula, watchtower, from specere, to look at; see spek- in Indo-European roots.]

speculate

(ˈspɛkjʊˌleɪt)
vb
1. (when tr, takes a clause as object) to conjecture without knowing the complete facts
2. (Stock Exchange) (intr) to buy or sell securities, property, etc, in the hope of deriving capital gains
3. (intr) to risk loss for the possibility of considerable gain
4. (Rugby) (intr) rugby NZ to make an emergency forward kick of the ball without taking any particular aim
[C16: from Latin speculārī to spy out, from specula a watchtower, from specere to look at]

spec•u•late

(ˈspɛk yəˌleɪt)

v. -lat•ed, -lat•ing. v.i.
1. to engage in thought or reflection; meditate (often fol. by on or upon).
2. to indulge in conjectural thought.
3. to buy or sell commodities, property, stocks, etc., esp. at risk of a loss, in the expectation of making a profit through market fluctuations.
v.t.
4. to consider or think curiously about; suppose, propose, or wonder: to speculate that an agreement will be reached; to speculate whether a quarrel was serious.
[1590–1600; < Latin speculātus, past participle of speculārī to watch over, explore, derivative of specula watch tower, n. derivative of specere to look, regard; see -ate1]
spec′u•la`tor, n.

speculate


Past participle: speculated
Gerund: speculating

Imperative
speculate
speculate
Present
I speculate
you speculate
he/she/it speculates
we speculate
you speculate
they speculate
Preterite
I speculated
you speculated
he/she/it speculated
we speculated
you speculated
they speculated
Present Continuous
I am speculating
you are speculating
he/she/it is speculating
we are speculating
you are speculating
they are speculating
Present Perfect
I have speculated
you have speculated
he/she/it has speculated
we have speculated
you have speculated
they have speculated
Past Continuous
I was speculating
you were speculating
he/she/it was speculating
we were speculating
you were speculating
they were speculating
Past Perfect
I had speculated
you had speculated
he/she/it had speculated
we had speculated
you had speculated
they had speculated
Future
I will speculate
you will speculate
he/she/it will speculate
we will speculate
you will speculate
they will speculate
Future Perfect
I will have speculated
you will have speculated
he/she/it will have speculated
we will have speculated
you will have speculated
they will have speculated
Future Continuous
I will be speculating
you will be speculating
he/she/it will be speculating
we will be speculating
you will be speculating
they will be speculating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been speculating
you have been speculating
he/she/it has been speculating
we have been speculating
you have been speculating
they have been speculating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been speculating
you will have been speculating
he/she/it will have been speculating
we will have been speculating
you will have been speculating
they will have been speculating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been speculating
you had been speculating
he/she/it had been speculating
we had been speculating
you had been speculating
they had been speculating
Conditional
I would speculate
you would speculate
he/she/it would speculate
we would speculate
you would speculate
they would speculate
Past Conditional
I would have speculated
you would have speculated
he/she/it would have speculated
we would have speculated
you would have speculated
they would have speculated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.speculate - to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds; "Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps"
reconstruct, retrace, construct - reassemble mentally; "reconstruct the events of 20 years ago"
anticipate, expect - regard something as probable or likely; "The meteorologists are expecting rain for tomorrow"
formulate, explicate, develop - elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses; "Could you develop the ideas in your thesis"
2.speculate - 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; "We were speculating whether the President had to resign after the scandal"
reason - think logically; "The children must learn to reason"
hazard, guess, venture, pretend - put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation; "I am guessing that the price of real estate will rise again"; "I cannot pretend to say that you are wrong"
suppose, say - express a supposition; "Let us say that he did not tell the truth"; "Let's say you had a lot of money--what would you do?"
3.speculate - reflect deeply on a subject; "I 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"
cerebrate, cogitate, think - use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments; "I've been thinking all day and getting nowhere"
premeditate - think or reflect beforehand or in advance; "I rarely premeditate, which is a mistake"
theologise, theologize - make theoretical speculations about theology or discuss theological subjects
introspect - reflect on one's own thoughts and feelings
bethink - consider or ponder something carefully; "She bethought her of their predicament"
cogitate - consider carefully and deeply; reflect upon; turn over in one's mind
wonder, question - place in doubt or express doubtful speculation; "I wonder whether this was the right thing to do"; "she wondered whether it would snow tonight"
puzzle - be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide; "We puzzled over her sudden departure"
consider, study - give careful consideration to; "consider the possibility of moving"
4.speculate - invest at a risk; "I bought this house not because I want to live in it but to sell it later at a good price, so I am speculating"
invest, commit, put, place - make an investment; "Put money into bonds"
bull - try to raise the price of stocks through speculative buying

speculate

verb
1. conjecture, consider, wonder, guess, suppose, contemplate, deliberate, muse, meditate, surmise, theorize, hypothesize, cogitate The reader can speculate about what will happen next.
2. gamble, risk, venture, hazard, have a flutter (informal), take a chance with, play the market They speculated in property whose value has now dropped.

speculate

verb
1. To use the powers of the mind, as in conceiving ideas, drawing inferences, and making judgments:
2. To draw an inference on the basis of inconclusive evidence or insufficient information:
3. To formulate or assert as a tentative explanation:
4. To take a risk in the hope of gaining advantage:
Idiom: take a flyer.
Translations
يَتَأَمَّلُيَتَحَزَّر، يَتَكَهَّن، يَتأمَّل
spekulovatdohadovat se
spekulere
spekuloida
špekulirati
spekulál
geta sér til um
推測する
심사숙고하다
spėlionėspėlioti
izteikt minējumus/pieņēmumus
spekulera
คาดเดา
suy xét

speculate

[ˈspekjʊleɪt] VI
1. (= conjecture) → especular
to speculate about/onespecular sobre, hacer conjeturas acerca de
2. (Fin) → especular (on en)

speculate

[ˈspɛkjʊleɪt] vi
(= try to guess) → spéculer
to speculate about sth → spéculer sur qch
(financially)spéculer
to speculate on the stock market → spéculer en Bourse

speculate

vi
(= meditate, ponder)(nach)grübeln, nachdenken (→ on über +acc); (= conjecture)Vermutungen anstellen, spekulieren (→ about, on über +acc); I speculate that …ich vermute, dass …
(Fin) → spekulieren (→ in mit, on an +dat)

speculate

[ˈspɛkjʊˌleɪt]
1. vi (Fin) → speculare; (wonder) to speculate (about or on sth/whether)chiedersi (qc/se)
I can only speculate → posso solo fare congetture
2. vt to speculate that ...ipotizzare che...

speculate

(ˈspekjuleit) verb
to make guesses. He's only speculating – he doesn't know; There's no point in speculating about what's going to happen.
ˌspecuˈlation noun
1. a guess. Your speculations were all quite close to the truth.
2. the act of speculating. There was great speculation as to what was happening.

speculate

يَتَأَمَّلُ spekulovat spekulere spekulieren εικάζω especular spekuloida spéculer špekulirati speculare 推測する 심사숙고하다 speculeren spekulere spekulować especular предполагать spekulera คาดเดา varsayımda bulunmak suy xét 揣测

speculate

v. argumentar, especular.
References in classic literature ?
It is remarkable that persons who speculate the most boldly often conform with the most perfect quietude to the external regulations of society.
Jurgis had time enough to stare and speculate, for it was two hours before he was summoned.
Haley,--we takes the gal to Orleans to speculate on.
This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks in.
Dig--dig--dig--until an impatient movement from one of the two passengers would admonish him to pull up the window, draw his arm securely through the leathern strap, and speculate upon the two slumbering forms, until his mind lost its hold of them, and they again slid away into the bank and the grave.
I stood in a window, and looked across the ancient street at the opposite houses, recalling how I had watched them on wet afternoons, when I first came there; and how I had used to speculate about the people who appeared at any of the windows, and had followed them with my eyes up and down stairs, while women went clicking along the pavement in pattens, and the dull rain fell in slanting lines, and poured out of the water-spout yonder, and flowed into the road.
This led me to speculate whether any of them ever tumbled down, and then I fancied that I felt light falls on my face - a disagreeable turn of thought, suggesting other and more objectionable approaches up my back.
But as the stockfish was highly salted, and the ale reasonably powerful, the jaws of the brethren were too anxiously employed to admit of their making much use of their ears; nor do we read of any of the fraternity, who was tempted to speculate upon the mysterious hints of their Superior, except Father Diggory, who was severely afflicted by the toothache, so that be could only eat on one side of his jaws.
The ideas of men who speculate upon the dismemberment of the empire seem generally turned toward three confederacies -- one consisting of the four Northern, another of the four Middle, and a third of the five Southern States.
I followed rapidly until, darkness shutting down, I was forced to await the rising of the moon, and given an opportunity to speculate on the question of the wisdom of my chase.
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.
What Aramis says is very sensible," replied Athos; "we must speculate upon the faults of people, and not upon their virtues.