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philosophize

[fi-los-uh-fahyz]
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verb (used without object), phi·los·o·phized, phi·los·o·phiz·ing.
  1. to speculate or theorize, usually in a superficial or imprecise manner.
  2. to think or reason as a philosopher.
Also especially British, phi·los·o·phise.

Origin of philosophize

First recorded in 1585–95; philosoph(y) + -ize
Related formsphi·los·o·phi·za·tion, nounphi·los·o·phiz·er, nouno·ver·phi·los·o·phize, verb (used without object), o·ver·phi·los·o·phized, o·ver·phi·los·o·phiz·ing.well-phi·los·o·phized, adjective
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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.


British Dictionary definitions for philosophise

philosophize

philosophise

verb
  1. (intr) to make philosophical pronouncements and speculations
  2. (tr) to explain philosophically
Derived Formsphilosophization or philosophisation, nounphilosophizer or philosophiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for philosophise

philosophize

v.

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

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