verb (used without object), spec·u·lat·ed, spec·u·lat·ing.
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Origin of speculate
OTHER WORDS FROM speculateo·ver·spec·u·late, verb (used without object), o·ver·spec·u·lat·ed, o·ver·spec·u·lat·ing.pre·spec·u·late, verb (used without object), pre·spec·u·lat·ed, pre·spec·u·lat·ing.un·spec·u·lat·ing, adjective
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Erosion may have partly worn away what was originally a circular earthwork, the researchers speculate.Drones find signs of a Native American ‘Great Settlement’ beneath a Kansas pasture|Bruce Bower|September 10, 2020|Science News
However, some of those people also speculate Apple may have plans to build a bigger ads business of its own.‘It’s the first time they’re listening’: Apple is striking a more conciliatory tone with the ad industry|Lara O'Reilly|September 8, 2020|Digiday
In the face of sustained hardship, which has the potential to encourage dangerously high levels of cortisol, a weak stress response — that is, producing less cortisol — could be “nature’s way of preserving the brain and body,” Gunnar speculates.Puberty can repair the brain’s stress responses after hardship early in life|Esther Landhuis|August 28, 2020|Science News
Scientists have to speculate, which could go one of two or three ways, or maybe some way they haven’t seen yet.How Pseudoscientists Get Away With It - Facts So Romantic|Stuart Firestein|August 28, 2020|Nautilus
So a weak stress response could be “nature’s way of preserving the brain and body,” Gunnar now speculates.
“Hence, there might be a net benefit, at least to some females, of breeding within the natal group,” the researchers speculate.Mongooses, Meerkats, and Ants, Oh My! Why Some Animals Keep Mating All in the Family|Helen Thompson|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We can only speculate as to the intentions behind these ambiguous words.
Forgács did not care to speculate, repeatedly and vehemently claiming that he is not a political artist.In Hands of Hungarian Artist, Jewish Home Movies of the ’30s a Warning of Coming Holocaust|Daniel Genis|October 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I hesitate to speculate on exactly where the problem is, though after spending some time with the paper I have my suspicions.
Some doctors speculate they are generated in the spinal cord.Real Life Lazarus: When Patients Rise From the Dead|Sandeep Jauhar|August 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There were more subtle changes in him which it was too warm and dusty to speculate upon at the moment.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
Perhaps it was in the bottle of brandy that the peril lay; perhaps—but why speculate further!The Staircase At The Hearts Delight|Anna Katharine Green (Mrs. Charles Rohlfs)
It was not a folly, in a rude age, to speculate on the first or fundamental principle of things.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I|John Lord
But there is no need to speculate on what might be, when we have positive and certain knowledge of what has been.A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive|John Stuart Mill
But he snarled up at me like a startled animal, and I was obliged to go to bed and toss about and speculate.In Search of the Unknown|Robert W. Chambers