to assume tentatively or set forth as a plausible explanation or as a reasonable basis for further investigation in the light of established facts: Given these data, we can hypothesize that the rise in truck accidents is directly related to the stressful work environment and unsafe driving practices of drivers.
to theorize, infer, or tentatively conclude: He said little, but based on his body language and tone, I hypothesized that he had feelings for her.
to form or set forth, based on established facts, a plausible explanation or reasonable basis for further investigation of something: She has written several well-researched papers hypothesizing about the origins of language.
to theorize or draw tentative conclusions or inferences: I like to hypothesize about life in the next century.
- Rarely hypothecate; especially British, hy·poth·e·sise .
- hy·poth·e·siz·er, noun
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How to use hypothesize in a sentence
To hypothesise alone is the error of the visionary and the dreamer.A Logic Of Facts | George Jacob Holyoake
British Dictionary definitions for hypothesize
to form or assume as a hypothesis
- hypothesizer or hypothesiser, noun
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Scientific definitions for hypothesize
To form a hypothesis.
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