[thee-uh-rahyz, theer-ahyz]
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verb (used with object), the·o·rized, the·o·riz·ing.
  1. to form a theory or theories about.
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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for theorization



  1. (intr) to produce or use theories; speculate
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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