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Synonyms for speculate

Synonyms for speculate

to use the powers of the mind, as in conceiving ideas, drawing inferences, and making judgments

to draw an inference on the basis of inconclusive evidence or insufficient information

to formulate or assert as a tentative explanation

to take a risk in the hope of gaining advantage

Synonyms for speculate

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

invest at a risk


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-- How could I speculate when I already have so much trouble in regulating my income?
Katharine stirred her tea, and seemed to speculate, so Denham thought, upon the duty of filling somebody else's cup, but she was really wondering how she was going to keep this strange young man in harmony with the rest.
His eyes, expressive now of the usual masculine impersonality and authority, might reveal more subtle emotions under favorable circumstances, for they were large, and of a clear, brown color; they seemed unexpectedly to hesitate and speculate; but Katharine only looked at him to wonder whether his face would not have come nearer the standard of her dead heroes if it had been adorned with side-whiskers.
The fate of the relinquished provinces which lay beyond the dead lines we could only speculate upon.
Managing women, the ornaments of their sex--women who order everything for everybody, and know so much better than any person concerned what is good for their neighbours, don't sometimes speculate upon the possibility of a domestic revolt, or upon other extreme consequences resulting from their overstrained authority.
We do not need to speculate. You just need to send him good wishes.
We could also speculate they are about talking to trees or homeopathy.
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Byline: Joe Calzaghe has refused to speculate about rumours he is dating his Strictly Come Dancing partner.
Lord Mandelson said he would not "speculate" on the effect this could have on jobs in the region.
KILMARNOCK chairman Michael Johnston last night refused to speculate on the cash crisis engulfing Setanta Sport.
Brown--may he rest in peace--was asked one time, "Why did Judas betray Christ?" He answered, "John says it was because he was getting into the purse; the others do not say anything; so we are left to speculate!" Which makes me think that the English bishops are taking their cue from that branch of Scripture scholarship which holds that "the Scriptures are the words of God, but they are also the words of men," a saying of Father Brown.
"If the papers want to speculate, they will speculate like they have done all season, but my position remains exactly the same."
named industry veteran Muhtar Kent to the newly created post of international operations president, but the company's chief executive said it was too early to speculate on whether Kent could be Coke's next CEO.
'And that is why I will not take part in games about trying to speculate about this and that, thereby undermining the Prime Minister.'