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speculate

spec·u·late

speculate

 
 
pronunciation:
spek y leIt
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: speculated, speculates, speculating
definition 1: to make a guess or guesses with respect to (something).
The press is speculating that the bomb blast was carried out by terrorists.We have no facts, so we can only speculate as to her motives.I don't want to speculate about the nature of their relationship.Would you like to speculate on the possibility of her running for governor next year?
synonyms:
conjecture, guess, hypothesize, surmise, theorize, wonder
similar words:
cogitate, contemplate, meditate, mull, ponder, reflect, ruminate, see, suppose, think
definition 2: to engage in a risky business transaction that promises the possibility of large profits.
synonyms:
gamble
similar words:
chance it, plunge, trade, venture, wager
definition 3: to buy, produce, or build something in anticipation of an increase in its price.
similar words:
invest
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