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the·o·rize

 (thē′ə-rīz′, thîr′īz)
v. the·o·rized, the·o·riz·ing, the·o·riz·es
v.intr.
To formulate theories or a theory; speculate.
v.tr.
To propose a theory about.

the′o·ri·za′tion (-ər-ĭ-zā′shən) n.
the′o·riz′er n.

theorize

(ˈθɪəˌraɪz) or

theorise

vb
(intr) to produce or use theories; speculate
ˌtheoriˈzation, ˌtheoriˈsation n
ˈtheoˌrizer, ˈtheoˌriser n

the•o•rize

(ˈθi əˌraɪz, ˈθɪər aɪz)

v.i. -rized, -riz•ing.
to form a theory or theories.
[1630–40; < Medieval Latin theōrizāre. See theory, -ize]
the`o•ri•za′tion, n.
the′o•riz`er, n.

theorize


Past participle: theorized
Gerund: theorizing

Imperative
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Present
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Preterite
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Present Continuous
I am theorizing
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Present Perfect
I have theorized
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Past Continuous
I was theorizing
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Past Perfect
I had theorized
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Future
I will theorize
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Future Perfect
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Future Continuous
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Present Perfect Continuous
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Future Perfect Continuous
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Past Perfect Continuous
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Conditional
I would theorize
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Past Conditional
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.theorize - 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.theorize - construct a theory about; "Galileo theorized the motion of the stars"
reason - think logically; "The children must learn to reason"
theorize - form or construct theories; "he thinks and theorizes all day"
3.theorize - form or construct theories; "he thinks and theorizes all day"
reason - think logically; "The children must learn to reason"
theorize - construct a theory about; "Galileo theorized the motion of the stars"

theorize

verb speculate, conjecture, hypothesize, project, suppose, guess, formulate, propound We can theorize about their minds by watching them behave.

theorize

verb
To formulate or assert as a tentative explanation:
Translations
vytvářet si teorie
setja fram kenningu
kuramlamak

theorize

[ˈθɪəraɪz] VI to theorize (about/on)teorizar (acerca de/sobre)

theorize

[ˈθiːəraɪz] theorise (British) vithéoriser

theorize

theorize

[ˈθɪəˌraɪz] vi to theorize (about)teorizzare (su)

theory

(ˈθiəri) plural ˈtheories noun
1. an idea or explanation which has not yet been proved to be correct. There are many theories about the origin of life; In theory, I agree with you, but it would not work in practice.
2. the main principles and ideas in an art, science etc as opposed to the practice of actually doing it. A musician has to study both the theory and practice of music.
ˌtheoˈretical (-ˈreti-) adjective
ˌtheoˈretically (-ˈreti-)
adverb.
ˈtheorize, ˈtheorise verb
to make theories. He did not know what had happened, so he could only theorize about it.
ˈtheorist noun
References in classic literature ?
It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.
We discussed the future and ventured opinions as to what lay before us; but we could only theorize at best, for none of us knew.
Oh, this is hardly a case for me to theorize over," said Holmes, dryly.
But scientists who study these senses theorize that smell and taste may have evolved as built-in "alarm systems" to protect our bodies from danger--poisonous gases or spoiled foods, say.
The scientists theorize that rival hunters killed the Iceman; he has an arrowhead imbedded in his left shoulder.
Alley recounts the Greenland expedition and shows the methodology he and his colleagues have used to theorize about how climate changes over long periods.
In these cases, a genetic mutation may foster the development early in life of an unusually direct connection between auditory and visual brain regions, theorize neuroscientist Jeffrey A.
Infants opted for this simpler technique when they figured that the adult had a good reason--holding the blanket--for not using her hands on the box, the researchers theorize.
Having a nose for smells may confer reproduction-related benefits, such as helping women forge close relationships with children and mates and the ability to detect poisons in food while pregnant, the researchers theorize.
It's likely that this version of the DRD4 gene, which occurs in a sizable minority of people worldwide, resulted from one or more unusual mutations of the common form and then increased in frequency as the Stone Age wound down, around 40,000 years ago, Ding and his coworkers theorize.