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philosophize

[fi-los-uh-fahyz] /fɪˈlɒs əˌfaɪz/
verb (used without object), philosophized, philosophizing.
1.
to speculate or theorize, usually in a superficial or imprecise manner.
2.
to think or reason as a philosopher.
Also, especially British, philosophise.
Origin of philosophize
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95; philosoph(y) + -ize
Related forms
philosophization, noun
philosophizer, noun
overphilosophize, verb (used without object), overphilosophized, overphilosophizing.
well-philosophized, 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.

  • 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

philosophize

/fɪˈlɒsəˌfaɪz/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to make philosophical pronouncements and speculations
2.
(transitive) to explain philosophically
Derived Forms
philosophization, philosophisation, noun
philosophizer, 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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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