Speculate meaning

spĕkyə-lāt
(intransitive) To think, meditate or reflect on a subject; to deliberate or cogitate.
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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.
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(intransitive) To make an inference based on inconclusive evidence; to surmise or conjecture.
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(intransitive, business, finance) To make a risky trade in the hope of making a profit; to venture or gamble.
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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.

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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.

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To engage in a course of reasoning often based on inconclusive evidence; conjecture or theorize.
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To assume to be true without conclusive evidence.

Speculated that high cholesterol was a contributing factor to the patient's health problems.

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To engage in the buying or selling of a commodity with an element of risk on the chance of profit.
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To think about the various aspects of a given subject; meditate; ponder; esp., to conjecture.
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Origin of speculate

  • Latin speculārī speculāt- to observe from specula watchtower from specere to look at spek- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin speculātus, past participle of speculor (“look out"), from specula (“watchtower"), from specio (“look at")

    From Wiktionary