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speculate

verb

  1. (expect)  to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds
    Synonyms: conjecture, hypothecate, hypothesise [British spelling], hypothesize [American/Canadian...
  2. (reason)  to 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
    Type of: reason
  3. (think)  to reflect deeply on a subject
    Synonyms: chew over, contemplate, excogitate, meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, reflect,...
  4. (invest)  to invest at a risk
    Synonyms: job. Type of: invest

Etymology summary

Latin speculatus, past participle of speculari to spy out, examine, from specula...
(Source: Merriam-Webster)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Speculation

the practice of engaging in risky financial transactions in an attempt to profit from short or medium term fluctuations in the market value of a tradable good such as a financial instrument, rather than attempting to profit from the underlying... (40 of 3045 words, 2 images)

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Collins Dictionary:

speculate

[when "tr, takes a clause as object"] to conjecture without knowing the complete facts | [intransitive] to buy or sell securities, property, etc, in ... (23 of 457 words, 4 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

speculate | speculated [past tense] | speculating [present participle] | theorize [synonym, sense-specific] | wonder [synonym, sense-specific] | reflect [synonym, sense-specific] | assume [synonym, sense-specific] | conjecture [synonym, sense-specific] | daresay [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to meditate on or ponder a subject; "reflect" ; to review something idly or casually and often inconclusively | to assume a business risk in hope of ... (26 of 207 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/speculate

Oxford Dictionary:

speculate | speculator [derived]

form a theory or conjecture about a subject without firm evidence | invest in stocks, property, or other ventures in the hope of gain but with the ... (26 of 112 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/speculate

Macmillan British Dictionary:

speculate | speculator [singular] | speculators [plural] | speculated [past tense] | speculating [present participle] | speculates [3rd-person singular present]

[intransitive/transitive] to consider or discuss why something has happened or what might happen | [intransitive, business] to take the risk of ... (20 of 100 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/speculate

American Heritage Dictionary:

speculate | speculated [past tense] | speculating [present participle] | speculates [3rd-person singular present]

To meditate on a subject; reflect. | To engage in a course of reasoning often based on inconclusive evidence. | To engage in the buying or selling of ... (26 of 92 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

speculate | speculated [past tense] | speculating [present participle] | speculator [noun, related]

to think about the various aspects of a given subject; meditate; ponder; especially, to conjecture | to buy or sell stocks, commodities, land, etc., ... (23 of 85 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/speculate

Cambridge Dictionary:

speculate [entry 1]

to guess possible answers to a question when you do not have enough information to be certain (17 of 67 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/speculate 1

speculate [entry 2]

to buy and sell in the hope that the value of what you buy will increase and that it can then be sold at a higher price in order to make a profit (33 of 60 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/speculate 2

Random House Dictionary:

speculate | speculated [past tense] | speculating [present participle]

to engage in thought or reflection; meditate (often followed by "on, upon", or a clause). | to indulge in conjectural thought. | to engage in any ... (24 of 63 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

speculate | speculated [past tense] | speculating [present participle] | speculates [3rd-person singular present]

[intransitive] to think, meditate or reflect on a subject; to deliberate or cogitate | [intransitive] to make an inference based on inconclusive evidence; to surmise or conjecture | [intransitive, business, finance] to make a risky trade in the hope of... (38 of 46 words, 3 definitions)

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Encarta Dictionary:

speculate | speculated [past tense] | speculating [present participle] | speculates [3rd-person singular present]

to form a conjecture on the basis of incomplete facts or information | to think over possibilities | to engage in financial transactions such as ... (23 of 118 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861711483​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Merriam-Webster:

speculate | speculated [past tense] | speculating [present participle]

First use: 1599

Origin: Latin speculatus, past participle of speculari to spy out, examine, from specula lookout post, from specere to look, look at

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/speculate

Oxford Dictionary:

speculate

First use: late 16th century

Origin: Latin speculat- "observed from a vantage point", from the verb speculari, from specula "watchtower", from specere "to look"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/speculate

American Heritage Dictionary:

speculate | speculated [past tense] | speculating [present participle] | speculates [3rd-person singular present]

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

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Collins Dictionary:

speculate

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin speculārī to spy out, from specula a watchtower, from specere to look at

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/speculate

New World Dictionary:

speculate | speculated [past tense] | speculating [present participle]

Origin: Latin speculatus, past participle of speculari, to view from specula, watchtower from specere, to see: see "spy"

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Wiktionary:

speculate | speculated [past tense] | speculating [present participle] | speculates [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Latin speculātus, past participle of speculor ("look out"), from specula ("watchtower"), from specio ("look at")

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/speculate

Online Etymology:

speculate

First use: 1590s

Origin: back formation from "speculation".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=speculate

Encarta Dictionary:

speculate | speculated [past tense] | speculating [present participle] | speculates [3rd-person singular present]

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: Latin speculat-, past participle of speculari "observe, spy out" from specere "look at"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861711483​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

speculate

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "speculate"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/speculate

Macmillan British Dictionary:

speculate | speculator [singular] | speculators [plural] | speculated [past tense] | speculating [present participle] | speculates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "speculate"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/speculate

Macmillan American Dictionary:

speculate | speculator [singular] | speculators [plural] | speculated [past tense] | speculating [present participle] | speculates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "speculate"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/speculate

Cambridge Dictionary:

speculate [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "speculate"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "speculate"

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the Free Dictionary:

speculate

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "speculate"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "speculate"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "speculate" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

speculate | speculated [past tense] | speculating [present participle] | speculates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "speculate"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

speculate

Audio: North American pronunciation of "speculate"

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YourDictionary Audio:

speculate

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "speculate" by speech synthesizer

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