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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
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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 ?
His transactions, huge and carefully thought out, were for his own aggrandizement only, and left always in their wake ruin and disaster for the less fortunate and weaker speculators. He played for his own hand only, the camaraderie of finance he ignored altogether.
"It sure beats faro," was his comment one day, when, after keeping the Dawson speculators in a fever for a week by alternate bulling and bearing, he showed his hand and cleaned up what would have been a fortune to any other man.
Parties are hereby warn- ed against buying tickets of speculators; they will not be good at the door.
In the morning also, all the sworn criers of the good city of Paris had traversed the quarters of the city, particularly the halles and the faubourgs, announcing with their hoarse and indefatigable voices, the great justice done by the king upon two speculators, two thieves, devourers of the people.
“It was a season of scarcity; the necessities of life commanded a high price in Europe, and were greedily sought after by the speculators. The emigrants from the East to the West invariably passed along the valley of the Mohawk, and swept away the means of subsistence like a swarm of locusts, Nor were the people on the Flats in a much better condition.
They have seen with regret and indignation that sudden changes and legislative interferences, in cases affecting personal rights, become jobs in the hands of enterprising and influential speculators, and snares to the more-industrious and lessinformed part of the community.
The master was to get all this out of Leghorn free of duties, and land it on the shores of Corsica, where certain speculators undertook to forward the cargo to France.
Then speculators buy up the ground and sell, but the original owner is given the first choice by the government at a stated price before the speculator is permitted to purchase.
"The speculators in this new neighborhood have offered him I don't know how many thousand pounds for the ground that house stands on.
She was always taking little houses for somebody's good, for the sick or the sorry, for broken-down artists, cleaned- out gamblers, temporarily unlucky speculators - VIEUX AMIS - old friends, as she used to explain apologetically, with a shrug of her fine shoulders.
They're not merchants, you know: they're speculators. He wouldn't look at a bargain that gave him ten, fifteen per cent profit, but holds back to buy a rouble's worth for twenty kopecks."
A good city speculator or a parliamentary commissioner could have told to a fraction, from the crowds that were cantering about, what sum of money was realised in London, in the course of a year, by holding horses alone.