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Mar
30
2015

speculate

spek y@ leIt

intransitive verb
definition:  to wonder or make a guess or guesses with respect to something.
example:  We have no facts, so we can only speculate as to her motives.
example:  I don’t want to speculate about the nature of their relationship.
example:  Would you like to speculate on the possibility of her running for governor next year?

transitive verb
definition:  to put forward (a guess or a theory) despite lack of complete evidence (followed by a clause).
example:  The press is speculating that the bomb blast was carried out by terrorists.

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