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speculate

[spek-yuh-leyt] /ˈspɛk yəˌleɪt/
verb (used without object), speculated, speculating.
1.
to engage in thought or reflection; meditate (often followed by on, upon, or a clause).
2.
to indulge in conjectural thought.
3.
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
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin speculātus, past participle of speculārī to watch over, explore, reconnoiter, derivative of specula watch tower, noun derivative of specere to look, regard; see -ate1
Related forms
overspeculate, verb (used without object), overspeculated, overspeculating.
prespeculate, verb (used without object), prespeculated, prespeculating.
unspeculating, adjective
Synonyms
1. think, reflect, cogitate. 2. conjecture, guess, surmise, suppose, theorize.
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  • Then he speculated about Mart Johnston and wondered whether Mart would look him up.

    Center Rush Rowland Ralph Henry Barbour
  • I often speculated how the caudicle of Orchis had been formed.

  • Meantime he speculated ceaselessly on the time he was losing, the celebrities he was missing, the places he was not seeing.

    The "Genius" Theodore Dreiser
  • Then he speculated, and was not successful, and his affairs got into tangle.

    The Martian George Du Maurier
  • He stayed a few months in Amsterdam, and speculated to some extent in the funds.

British Dictionary definitions for speculated

speculate

/ˈspɛkjʊˌleɪt/
verb
1.
(when transitive, takes a clause as object) to conjecture without knowing the complete facts
2.
(intransitive) to buy or sell securities, property, etc, in the hope of deriving capital gains
3.
(intransitive) to risk loss for the possibility of considerable gain
4.
(intransitive) (NZ, rugby) to make an emergency forward kick of the ball without taking any particular aim
Word Origin
C16: from Latin speculārī to spy out, from specula a watchtower, from specere to look at
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Word Origin and History for speculated

speculate

v.

1590s, back-formation from speculation. Related: Speculated; speculating.

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