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Definition 1: reflect deeply on a subject - [verb of cognition]

Samples where speculate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for speculate in the sense of this definition

(speculate is a kind of ...) 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"

(... is a kind of speculate ) think or reflect beforehand or in advance

"I rarely premeditate, which is a mistake"

(... is a kind of speculate ) make theoretical speculations about theology or discuss theological subjects

(... is a kind of speculate ) reflect on one's own thoughts and feelings

(... is a kind of speculate ) consider or ponder something carefully

"She bethought her of their predicament"

(... is a kind of speculate ) consider carefully and deeply; reflect upon; turn over in one's mind

(... is a kind of speculate ) place in doubt or express doubtful speculation

"I wonder whether this was the right thing to do" "she wondered whether it would snow tonight"

(... is a kind of speculate ) be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide

"We puzzled over her sudden departure"

(... is a kind of speculate ) give careful consideration to

"consider the possibility of moving"

Definition 2: to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds - [verb of cognition]

Samples where speculate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps

Synonyms for speculate in the sense of this definition

(speculate is a kind of ...) regard something as probable or likely

"The meteorologists are expecting rain for tomorrow"

(... is a kind of speculate ) reassemble mentally

"reconstruct the events of 20 years ago"

(... is a kind of speculate ) elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses

"Could you develop the ideas in your thesis"

Definition 3: 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 - [verb of communication]

Samples where speculate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We were speculating whether the President had to resign after the scandal

(speculate is a kind of ...) think logically

"The children must learn to reason"

(... is a kind of speculate ) 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"

(... is a kind of speculate ) 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?"

Definition 4: invest at a risk - [verb of possession]

Samples where speculate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for speculate in the sense of this definition

(speculate is a kind of ...) make an investment

"Put money into bonds"

(... is a kind of speculate ) try to raise the price of stocks through speculative buying

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