American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To meditate on a subject; reflect.
- v. To engage in a course of reasoning often based on inconclusive evidence. See Synonyms at think.
- v. To engage in the buying or selling of a commodity with an element of risk on the chance of profit.
- v. To assume to be true without conclusive evidence: speculated that high cholesterol was a contributing factor to the patient's health problems.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To view as from a watch-tower or observatory; observe.
- To take a discriminating view of; consider attentively; speculate upon; examine; inspect: as, to speculate the nature of a thing.
- To pursue truth by thinking, as by mathematical reasoning, by logical analysis, or by the review of data already collected.
- To take a discursive view of a subject or subjects; note diverse aspects, relations, or probabilities; meditate; conjecture: often implying absence of definite method or result.
- To invest money for profit upon an uncertainty; take the risk of loss in view of possible gain; make a purchase or purchases, as of something liable to sudden fluctuations in price or to rapid deterioration, on the chance of selling at a large advance: as, to speculate in stocks.
- v. intransitive to think, meditate or reflect on a subject; to deliberate or cogitate
- v. intransitive to make an inference based on inconclusive evidence; to surmise or conjecture
- v. intransitive, business, finance to make a risky trade in the hope of making a profit; to venture or gamble
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To consider by turning a subject in the mind, and viewing it in its different aspects and relations; to meditate; to contemplate; to theorize
- v. (Philos.) To view subjects from certain premises given or assumed, and infer conclusions respecting them
- v. (Com.) To purchase with the expectation of a contingent advance in value, and a consequent sale at a profit; -- often, in a somewhat depreciative sense, of unsound or hazardous transactions.
- v. rare To consider attentively.
- v. talk over conjecturally, or review in an idle or casual way and with an element of doubt or without sufficient reason to reach a conclusion
- v. to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds
- v. invest at a risk
- v. reflect deeply on a subject
- From Latin speculātus, past participle of speculor ("look out"), from specula ("watchtower"), from specio ("look at") (Wiktionary)
- Latin speculārī, speculāt-, to observe, from specula, watchtower, from specere, to look at; see spek- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Yes, yes, but the freedom to speculate is essential --”
“The latter instinct, I would speculate, is the ability of mammals to deny the self in favor of the herd.”
“And on the right, I speculate, is the house we stayed in, with the missing loggia in tact.”
“Linking to the same Washington Post story, Crispin Sartwell, at his eyeofthestormblogs. com, writes: "this, we may speculate, is the reason that many prisoners of the u.s. will never be released: nothing they did before, but the secrets they learned in prison, the details of their own torture, present a security risk. we will not only torment you, we will detain/disappear you for having been tormented by us.”
“The first thing Tkalec would have done, they speculate, is to find out just what he had.”
“I used the word speculate, because that is what it is speculation.”
“Human capital, the authors speculate, is the best yardstick for measuring competence at a task in which “on-the-job” training and “learning by doing” don’t figure into the equation. — “Attack Assignments in Terror Organizations and the Productivity of Suicide Bombers,” Efraim Benmelech (Harvard University) and Claude Berrebi (RAND Corporation), National Bureau of Economic Research”
“I think if I had to speculate, which is I guess what we're doing here, that one line that Democrats are going to seize on, already have and will seize on for some time to come, is the comment early on after Katrina hit, when the president turned to Michael Brown and said, Brown, you're doing a heck of a job.”
“When you think about it -- I was working with a-- with a documentary producer who was trying to reach -- reach out to younger children, and he wanted me to speculate, which is something historians don't like to do, but he wanted me to speculate on what North America would look like if there hadn't been a Louisiana Purchase.”
“Its own special object is to speculate, that is to say, to see; its attitude toward the living should not be that of science, which aims only at action, and which, being able to act only by means of inert matter, presents to itself the rest of reality in this single respect.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘speculate’.
These come from gamma meditation ,I think.
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its a list of words borrowed from Magoosh GRE blog ,an indispensable resource for GRE test takers.
My list of words.
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Very basic words for ESL students.
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