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[fi-los-uh-fahyz] /fɪˈlɒs əˌfaɪz/
verb (used without object), philosophized, philosophizing.
to speculate or theorize, usually in a superficial or imprecise manner.
to think or reason as a philosopher.
Also, especially British, philosophise.
Origin of philosophize
First recorded in 1585-95; philosoph(y) + -ize
Related forms
philosophization, noun
philosophizer, noun
overphilosophize, verb (used without object), overphilosophized, overphilosophizing.
well-philosophized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for philosophise
Historical Examples
  • He prefers to frolic and philosophise with his prodigy on the sands.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • He is only in a quite secondary sense the animal who can philosophise.

    Suspended Judgments John Cowper Powys
  • It is but right to add that he did not philosophise much on the subject.

    The Buffalo Runners R.M. Ballantyne
  • But when death comes into a household, we do not philosophise—we only feel.

    Character Samuel Smiles
  • But Margaret did not attempt to philosophise upon the matter.

  • And you philosophise to me on the necessity of buying food and getting into flesh.

  • To philosophise his repulsive subject-matter was the author's ambition.

    Renaissance in Italy, Volume 2 (of 7) John Addington Symonds
  • To philosophise on that teaching of Scripture is not my business here.

  • Do not philosophise in that ridiculous way; don't you see I am suffering agonies?

    Piccadilly Laurence Oliphant
  • And why should one philosophise in a book that will never be read?

    The Mystery Stewart Edward White and Samuel Hopkins Adams
British Dictionary definitions for philosophise


(intransitive) to make philosophical pronouncements and speculations
(transitive) to explain philosophically
Derived Forms
philosophization, philosophisation, noun
philosophizer, philosophiser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for philosophise



1590s, from philosophy + -ize. Related: Philosophized; philosophizing. The earlier verb was simply philosophy (late 14c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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