- Speculate is to buy or sell land or other investments that are high risk, with the goal to make a very big profit.
An example of speculate is to buy land way out in the country to build housing because you hear that a new manufacturing plant might be built close buy.
- To speculate is to hypothesize or come up with a theory about something but not a full tested or researched answer.
An example of speculate is when you brainstorm reasons why something happens but don't actually do anything to find out.
- to think about the various aspects of a given subject; meditate; ponder; esp., to conjecture
- to buy or sell stocks, commodities, land, etc., usually in the face of higher than ordinary risk, hoping to take advantage of an expected rise or fall in price; also, to take part in any risky venture on the chance of making huge profits
Origin of speculate; from Classical Latin speculatus, past participle of speculari, to view ; from specula, watchtower ; from specere, to see: see spy
verbspec·u·lat·ed, spec·u·lat·ing, spec·u·lates
- To engage in a course of reasoning often based on inconclusive evidence; conjecture or theorize.
- To engage in the buying or selling of a commodity with an element of risk on the chance of profit.
Origin of speculateLatin specular&imacron;, speculat-, to observe, from specula, watchtower, from specere, to look at; see spek- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present speculates, present participle speculating, simple past and past participle speculated)