- to engage in thought or reflection; meditate (often followed by on, upon, or a clause).
- to indulge in conjectural thought.
- to engage in any business transaction involving considerable risk or the chance of large gains, especially to buy and sell commodities, stocks, etc., in the expectation of a quick or very large profit.
Origin of speculate
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Examples from the Web for speculate
We can only speculate as to the intentions behind these ambiguous words.Is Pope Francis Backpedaling on Gays?
November 19, 2014
Forgács did not care to speculate, repeatedly and vehemently claiming that he is not a political artist.In Hands of Hungarian Artist, Jewish Home Movies of the ’30s a Warning of Coming Holocaust
October 25, 2014
I hesitate to speculate on exactly where the problem is, though after spending some time with the paper I have my suspicions.Black Holes Exist. So Does Bad Science
Matthew R. Francis
September 28, 2014
“We will not speculate on cause of the fire while the investigation is underway,” Hawn said.America’s $400 Billion Stealth Jet Fleet Is Grounded
June 28, 2014
Since then, however, the helicopters have remained grounded, and Siwa residents can only speculate as to why.On the Contraband Trail With Libya’s Gun Smugglers
June 16, 2014
"He had no right to speculate with my mother's money," said Robert, indignantly.Brave and Bold
She no longer feared the senator, but she refused to speculate upon what Chip might do.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
He had no time to speculate further, for Dr. Hardman entered at that moment.Frank Roscoe's Secret
You will have to take lessons from me, and go on the market and speculate yourself.'
I want you to give me some money for myself—to speculate with.'
- (when tr, takes a clause as object) to conjecture without knowing the complete facts
- (intr) to buy or sell securities, property, etc, in the hope of deriving capital gains
- (intr) to risk loss for the possibility of considerable gain
- (intr) NZ rugby to make an emergency forward kick of the ball without taking any particular aim
Word Origin and History for speculate
1590s, back-formation from speculation. Related: Speculated; speculating.