philosophize

[ fi-los-uh-fahyz ]
/ fɪˈlɒs əˌfaɪz /

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.

Nearby words

  1. philosophical,
  2. philosophical analysis,
  3. philosophical anthropology,
  4. philosophical logic,
  5. philosophism,
  6. philosophy,
  7. philosophy of life,
  8. philter,
  9. philtre,
  10. philtrum

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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British Dictionary definitions for philosophize

philosophize

philosophise

/ (fɪˈlɒsəˌfaɪz) /

verb

(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 philosophize

philosophize

v.

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

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