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speculate about someone or something

to make guesses about someone or something; to hypothesize about someone or something. I refuse to speculate about Sally. I don't presume to guess what she will do. We don't speculate about the future.
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speculate in something

to make risky business deals in the buying and selling of something. Jeff made a fortune speculating in cotton. I do not wish to speculate in anything. It is too risky.
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speculate on something

to make a hypothesis about something. I really don't want to speculate on what might happen next. Would you care to speculate on what might happen if you quit your job?
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He wondered what he could do with all of it, and speculated as to whom he could give it away.
Sati," Van Horn read, his finger marking the place, his eyes alternating watchfully between the writing and the black chief before him, while the black chief himself speculated and studied the chance of getting behind him and, with the single knife-thrust he knew so well, of severing the other's spinal cord at the base of the neck.
The ten cents carried Martin across the ferry to San Francisco, and as he walked up Market Street he speculated upon his predicament in case he failed to collect the money.
All the six drawers were alike occupied by a collection of fossils, which (judging by the curious paper inscriptions fixed on some of them) were associated with a past period of the Major's life when he had speculated, not very successfully in mines.
They often speculated over his past, and tried to conjure up (from what they had read and heard) what his northland life had been.
Before the oligarchs, and before Everhard, Wells speculated upon the building of the wonder cities, though in his writings they are referred to as "pleasure cities.
Not confining himself to theory, or permitting his faculties to rust, even at that early age, in mere abstract speculations, this promising lad commenced usurer on a limited scale at school; putting out at good interest a small capital of slate-pencil and marbles, and gradually extending his operations until they aspired to the copper coinage of this realm, in which he speculated to considerable advantage.
United is speculating to go ahead with the transfers as it would be a while before they sign a new manager for the club, at least three months, because the Dutch boss, who is speculated to be the likely candidate to fill in Moyes' shoes, will be available after the World Cup this summer.
It is being speculated that the state's small cabinet comprising seven ministers and nine ministers of state may soon be expanded to ensure decentralisation of power.
In case there are early elections in March or April next year, it is speculated that there is a chance for BDI and DR to form coalition and to run with the same election list.
For years, biologists have speculated on why there are so few females in many male territories.
An article on The Wall Street Journal's Web site speculated that Kent's promotion put him in the race to succeed CEO Neville Isdell.
Some observers speculated that Frist is seeking to moderate his image in advance of that run, but others pointed out that it's too early to do that.
Some scientists speculated that Tuesday's quake was the one predicted to happen by 1993 - though a decade late.
The researchers speculated that polymorphisms of two genes--ALAD (which codes for [delta]-aminolevulinic acid dehydratase, an enzyme involved in heme synthesis in red blood cells) and VDR (which codes for the vitamin D receptor)--might confer increased susceptibility to ALS through their previously confirmed impact on lead retention or mobilization in bone and blood.