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1. speculate

verb. ['ˈspɛkjəˌleɪt'] to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds.

Synonyms

  • conjecture
  • hypothesize
  • suppose
  • retrace
  • formulate
  • hypothesise
  • reconstruct
  • theorise
  • theorize
  • explicate
  • construct
  • expect
  • anticipate
  • hypothecate

Antonyms

  • esteem
  • respect
  • exclude
  • disrespect

Etymology

  • speculatus (Latin)

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Rhymes with Speculate

  • accumulate
  • adulate
  • angulate
  • annihilate
  • appellate
  • articulate
  • assimilate
  • benlate
  • boilerplate
  • breastplate
  • calculate
  • circulate
  • coagulate
  • congratulate
  • contemplate
  • copulate
  • correlate
  • crenelate
  • depopulate
  • desolate

How do you pronounce speculate?

Pronounce speculate as ˈspɛkjəˌleɪt.

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Sentences with speculate


1. Verb, base form
Do not speculate about the cause of your burning fingertips.

2. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
“Ulalume” was published the year of her death, and some speculate she was its inspiration.

Quotes about speculate


1. When I read obituaries I always note the age of the deceased. Automatically I relate this figure to my own age. Four years to go, I think. Nine more years. Two years and I'm dead. The power of numbers is never more evident than when we use them to speculate on the time of our dying.
- Don DeLillo, White Noise

2. speculate

verb. ['ˈspɛkjəˌleɪt'] talk over conjecturally, or review in an idle or casual way and with an element of doubt or without sufficient reason to reach a conclusion.

Synonyms

  • hazard
  • suppose
  • pretend
  • say
  • venture
  • reason

Antonyms

  • sour
  • differentiate
  • dedifferentiate
  • stay

Etymology

  • speculatus (Latin)

3. speculate

verb. ['ˈspɛkjəˌleɪt'] reflect deeply on a subject.

Synonyms

  • cogitate
  • theologise
  • cerebrate
  • chew over
  • mull over
  • wonder
  • premeditate
  • contemplate
  • puzzle
  • theologize
  • question
  • study
  • excogitate
  • bethink
  • ruminate
  • think
  • meditate
  • reflect
  • ponder
  • think over
  • consider
  • muse
  • mull

Antonyms

  • answer
  • certainty
  • forget
  • absorb

Etymology

  • speculatus (Latin)

4. speculate

verb. ['ˈspɛkjəˌleɪt'] invest at a risk.

Synonyms

  • place
  • bull
  • invest
  • put
  • commit

Antonyms

  • worsen
  • compress
  • obfuscate
  • misconception

Etymology

  • speculatus (Latin)
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