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verb (used without object), phi·los·o·phized, phi·los·o·phiz·ing.
  1. to speculate or theorize, usually in a superficial or imprecise manner.
  2. to think or reason as a philosopher.
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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
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Examples from the Web for philosophising

Historical Examples

  • There is, after all, a right as well as a wrong method of philosophising.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 379, May, 1847


  • There is material in them for all kinds of talk from gossip to philosophising.

    In Pastures Green

    Peter McArthur

  • The pair are philosophising together, and talking of yesterday's comedy!

    Historical Miniatures

    August Strindberg

  • It is not by searching and philosophising that these things are found out, but by revelation.

  • The pain may be as acute as ever in spite of all our philosophising.

British Dictionary definitions for philosophising



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



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

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