[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 hypothesizing

Contemporary Examples of hypothesizing

  • Despite what people are hypothesizing on the Internet, the army was less stringent about who they let in to be surgeons.

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    Mad Men Postmortem, Part 2

    Jace Lacob

    November 23, 2009

British Dictionary definitions for hypothesizing




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



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

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hypothesizing in Science



To form a hypothesis.
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