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
Example sentences from the Web for speculate
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?
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|Nina Strochlic|December 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Lawrence Lessig|October 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I had been speculating on what plan of action he would adopt.The Uttermost Farthing|R. Austin Freeman
The proudest philosopher, speculating on the origin of the universe, is convicted of ignorance.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I|John Lord
He had been speculating upon the futility of his political energy in the light of the impermanence of life and fame.Jennie Gerhardt|Theodore Dreiser
Jack laughed, and advised him to do his speculating at once, and he would wait for him.The Second String|Nat Gould
Dacier smiled in a way to show the lock without the key; and she was insensibly drawn nearer to him, speculating on the smile.Diana of the Crossways, Complete|George Meredith