- to speculate or theorize, usually in a superficial or imprecise manner.
- to think or reason as a philosopher.
Also especially British, phi·los·o·phise.
Origin of philosophize
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Examples from the Web for philosophize
For to fly and philosophize were one thing, and to philosophize in prison were another.The Book of Khalid
I endeavored to philosophize myself into calmness and indifference.Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2 (of 2)
He continued to philosophize with what seemed to me a shocking freedom of mind.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
The Artist was already in his sketch, but he paused to growl and philosophize.Riviera Towns</p>
Herbert Adams Gibbons
To philosophize as a business is to miss the highest philosophy.
- (intr) to make philosophical pronouncements and speculations
- (tr) to explain philosophically
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Word Origin and History for philosophize
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