- 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.
Origin of speculate
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Examples from the Web for speculated
Some have speculated that cessation of CPR decreases pressure in the chest cavity, allowing blood to return to the heart.Real Life Lazarus: When Patients Rise From the Dead
August 21, 2014
This last group, Beck speculated, was surely in New York City.Glenn Beck’s Anti-Common Core Kumbaya Moment
July 23, 2014
They speculated in their articles, dragged everybody through the mud.He Bullies Kids and Calls It News
June 26, 2014
In a 2011 article for Wired, David Axe speculated that Iran would seek Chinese help in examining the RQ-170.Iran’s Drone War in Syria
May 14, 2014
Some outlets have speculated that she makes up to $60,000 for Instagram posts endorsing products.Back Off, B*tches. There’s Only One Butt Selfie Queen
May 9, 2014
"I wonder who will be first on the scene," speculated Grace.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
They speculated much on what they would find when they approached Jackson.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
"But I don't understand a sailing vessel in these waters," speculated Leonard.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
It is not then strange that I should have thought and speculated much about madness.Wilfrid Cumbermede
No wonder his successor was speculated about with some curiosity.The First Violin
- (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 and History for speculated
1590s, back-formation from speculation. Related: Speculated; speculating.