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speculate

[ spek-yuh-leyt ]
/ 藞sp蓻k y蓹藢le瑟t /
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verb (used without object), spec路u路lat路ed, spec路u路lat路ing.
to engage in thought or reflection; meditate (often followed by on, upon, or a clause).
to indulge in conjectural thought.
to engage in any business transaction involving considerable risk or the chance of large gains, especially to buy and sell commodities, stocks, etc., in the expectation of a quick or very large profit.
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Origin of speculate

1590鈥1600; <Latin specul膩tus, past participle of specul膩r墨 to watch over, explore, reconnoiter, derivative of specula watch tower, noun derivative of specere to look, regard; see -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM speculate

o路ver路spec路u路late, verb (used without object), o路ver路spec路u路lat路ed, o路ver路spec路u路lat路ing.pre路spec路u路late, verb (used without object), pre路spec路u路lat路ed, pre路spec路u路lat路ing.un路spec路u路lat路ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for speculate

speculate
/ (藞sp蓻kj蕣藢le瑟t) /

verb
(when tr, takes a clause as object) to conjecture without knowing the complete facts
(intr) to buy or sell securities, property, etc, in the hope of deriving capital gains
(intr) to risk loss for the possibility of considerable gain
(intr) NZ rugby to make an emergency forward kick of the ball without taking any particular aim

Word Origin for speculate

C16: from Latin specul膩r墨 to spy out, from specula a watchtower, from specere to look at
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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