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[hahy-poth-uh-sahyz, hi-]
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verb (used without object), hy·poth·e·sized, hy·poth·e·siz·ing.
  1. to form a hypothesis.
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verb (used with object), hy·poth·e·sized, hy·poth·e·siz·ing.
  1. to assume by hypothesis.
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Also hypothecate; especially British, hy·poth·e·sise.

Origin of hypothesize

First recorded in 1730–40; hypothes(is) + -ize
Related formshy·poth·e·siz·er, noun
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Related Words for hypothesize

conjecture, cerebrate, consider, figure, deliberate, dope, guess, excogitate, contemplate, brainstorm, cogitate, guesstimate

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British Dictionary definitions for hypothesize



  1. to form or assume as a hypothesis
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Derived Formshypothesizer or hypothesiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for hypothesize


1738, from hypothesis + -ize. Related: Hypothesized; hypothesizing.

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hypothesize in Science


  1. To form a hypothesis.
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