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[thee-uh-rahyz, theer-ahyz]
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verb (used without object), the·o·rized, the·o·riz·ing.
  1. to form a theory or theories.
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verb (used with object), the·o·rized, the·o·riz·ing.
  1. to form a theory or theories about.
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Also especially British, the·o·rise.

Origin of theorize

From the Medieval Latin word theōrizāre, dating back to 1630–40. See theory, -ize
Related formsthe·o·ri·za·tion, nounthe·o·riz·er, nouno·ver·the·o·ri·za·tion, nouno·ver·the·o·rize, verb (used without object), o·ver·the·o·rized, o·ver·the·o·riz·ing.
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Related Words for theorization

presumption, guess, hunch, theory, inference, acceptance, expectation, supposition, hypothesis, premise, suspicion, belief, reflection, thinking, attention, understanding, logic, speculation, hope, meditation

British Dictionary definitions for theorization



  1. (intr) to produce or use theories; speculate
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Derived Formstheorization or theorisation, nountheorizer or theoriser, noun
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Word Origin and History for theorization



1630s, perhaps a formation in English from theory + -ize. Related: Theorized; theorizing.

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