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speculator

[ spek-yuh-ley-ter ]
/ ˈspɛk yəˌleɪ tər /
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noun

a person who is engaged in commercial or financial speculation.
a person who makes advance purchases of tickets, as to games or theatrical performances, that are likely to be in demand, for resale later at a higher price.
a person who is devoted to mental speculation.

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Origin of speculator

1545–55; <Latin speculātor explorer, equivalent to speculā() to watch over, explore, reconnoiter (see speculate) + -tor-tor
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British Dictionary definitions for speculator

speculator
/ (ˈspɛkjʊˌleɪtə) /

noun

a person who speculates
NZ rugby an undirected kick of the ball
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