- 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.
intransitive verb-·lat·ed, -·lat·ing
- 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 speculatefrom 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 speculārī speculāt- 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)