- 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 speculating
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
July 11, 2014
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
April 7, 2014
But since when has that stopped anyone from speculating about True Detective?How ‘True Detective’ Will End
March 3, 2014
They also try to predict guest behavior, speculating where participants could wander and any potential dangers they may face.A Most Illegal Adventure with New York City’s Wildest Underground Event Planners
December 16, 2013
So few will risk reputation or promotion by speculating beyond the facts that SPSS will whisper.Why Money Is the Root of All That’s Wrong With Washington
October 21, 2013
She felt that she had somehow blundered, and her busy mind was speculating as to how.
She was speculating as to what might happen with Fyles stationed here in Rocky Springs.
His mother simply accused him of not speculating on the political situation.The Fortune of the Rougons
He was speculating in his mind as to the risk he was running.The Night Riders
Needless to say Jed Winslow did no speculating concerning his tenant's "past."Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
- (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 speculating
1590s, back-formation from speculation. Related: Speculated; speculating.