verb (used without object), phi·los·o·phized, phi·los·o·phiz·ing.

to speculate or theorize, usually in a superficial or imprecise manner.
to think or reason as a philosopher.

Also especially British, phi·los·o·phise.

Origin of philosophize

First recorded in 1585–95; philosoph(y) + -ize
Related formsphi·los·o·phi·za·tion, nounphi·los·o·phiz·er, nouno·ver·phi·los·o·phize, verb (used without object), o·ver·phi·los·o·phized, o·ver·phi·los·o·phiz·ing.well-phi·los·o·phized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for philosophise

Historical Examples of philosophise

  • He asked himself these, and many such-like questions, and tried to philosophise with himself on the matter.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton

    Anthony Trollope

  • When Helen looked back she could philosophise, or she could look into the future and plan for her child.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • I will go into the country and philosophise; some gleams of past entrancement may visit me there.

  • But when death comes into a household, we do not philosophise—we only feel.


    Samuel Smiles

  • It is but right to add that he did not philosophise much on the subject.

    The Buffalo Runners

    R.M. Ballantyne

British Dictionary definitions for philosophise




(intr) to make philosophical pronouncements and speculations
(tr) to explain philosophically
Derived Formsphilosophization or philosophisation, nounphilosophizer or philosophiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for philosophise



1590s, from philosophy + -ize. Related: Philosophized; philosophizing. The earlier verb was simply philosophy (late 14c.).

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