[hahy-poth-uh-sahyz, hi-]

verb (used without object), hy·poth·e·sized, hy·poth·e·siz·ing.

to form a hypothesis.

verb (used with object), hy·poth·e·sized, hy·poth·e·siz·ing.

to assume by hypothesis.

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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Examples from the Web for hypothesize

Contemporary Examples of hypothesize

  • One might hypothesize the maid was part of a scam to shake down any rich old man in a luxury suite.

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    The Martyrdom of DSK

    Christopher Dickey

    July 5, 2011

  • One can hypothesize that the bad decision came after the consumption of stupefying substances.

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    New Hope for Amanda Knox

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    March 4, 2010

Historical Examples of hypothesize

British Dictionary definitions for hypothesize




to form or assume as a hypothesis
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



To form a hypothesis.
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