speculate - definition and synonyms

 
verb 

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/ˈspekjʊleɪt/
present tense
I/you/we/theyspeculate
he/she/itspeculates
present participlespeculating
past tensespeculated
past participlespeculated
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to consider or discuss why something has happened or what might happen
    speculate on/about:

    We can only speculate on the reasons for his sudden resignation.

    speculate that:

    Archaeologists speculate that people first reached the islands over 1,000 years ago.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] business to take the risk of investing your money in a company in the hope that you can make a big profit later by selling the shares that you buy

derived word

speculator

 

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noun [countable]
singularspeculator
pluralspeculators