verb (used without object), spec·u·lat·ed, spec·u·lat·ing.
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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
Example sentences from the Web for speculate
Some economists speculate the economy turned around in May, as states reopened and the economy added jobs for the first time since February.U.S. economy recoups two-thirds of ground lost in first half of year, but there is still far to go|Rachel Siegel, Andrew Van Dam|October 29, 2020|Washington Post
Llama sacrifices occurred in front of local audiences, Valdez and his colleagues speculate.Mummified llamas yield new insights into Inca ritual sacrifices|Bruce Bower|October 27, 2020|Science News
SpaceX founder Elon Musk, for example, recently speculated about the possibility of building a Starlink network on Mars.
Meanwhile, researchers speculated that the protests and riots that followed may have kept a lot of other citizens who weren’t participating off the streets — reducing the overall number of people who could be exposed.What A Summer Of COVID-19 Taught Scientists About Indoor vs. Outdoor Transmission|Maggie Koerth (email@example.com)|October 19, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
News outlet Android Central speculated earlier this week that Pei was leaving the firm possibly because of an alleged “internal power struggle” between him and Lau, 45.OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei confirms he has left the company|Manish Singh|October 16, 2020|TechCrunch
“Of course he has no answer he is purely speculating,” Allen said.Florida Cops on What Ferguson Can Learn From Trayvon|Chris Francescani|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Naturally, the gay press has enjoyed speculating as to the exact reason.The Hateful Pastor All Too Happy to Be Left Behind When It Comes to Gays|Jay Michaelson|September 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When Smith was asked how he could diagnose Obama, he admitted he is not a psychologist and was just speculating.Republican Thinks Obama’s Mental Illness Caused Border Crisis|Gideon Resnick|July 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We tend to daydream all the time, speculating about the future and dwelling on the past.Peter Matthiessen Was One of the Greatest Writers of a Great Generation|Malcolm Jones|April 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But since when has that stopped anyone from speculating about True Detective?
Moreover, he sank a million in the Wortschin mines where he had been speculating with hypothecated securities of his wife's.
At the same time he began lending money on short time, and by speculating with the poorer class he acquired a certain competence.
The speculating atheist, the theist will tell us, may be an honest man, but his writings will cause atheism in politics.Superstition In All Ages (1732)|Jean Meslier
The proudest philosopher, speculating on the origin of the universe, is convicted of ignorance.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I|John Lord
Thyrsis went, speculating on the way as to what strange manner of being this publisher might be.Love's Pilgrimage|Upton Sinclair