Variant of speculate
- 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: from Classical Latin speculatus, past participle of speculari, to view from specula, watchtower from specere, to see: see spy
- speculator noun
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