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theorize about someone or something

to hypothesize about someone or something; to conjecture about someone or something. Let's not waste time theorizing about Ted. He won't change. I can only theorize about what happened.
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theorize on something

to make a theory about something. There is no point in theorizing on something when you have all the empirical evidence you need to draw a conclusion. He spent the afternoon theorizing on the origin of the universe.
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King's attempt to surpass the additive models of double and triple jeopardy and to construct an alternative model that would more adequately theorize the simultaneous and multiplicative interactions among race, class, and gender continues to exert a powerful influence on contemporary black feminist theory, as is clear from the many essays in Theorizing Black Feminisms that, even when they do not explicitly cite King, present specific applications of her multiplicative model to different areas of study in the social sciences.
In the remarkable essay "The Writing on the Walls," written in 1971 and previously unpublished, he recounts his experiences in the London Street Commune around its occupation of an unused mansion in Picadilly, an action that brought down the full wrath of the police and conservative press; what gives the essay lasting import is his ability simultaneously to theorize - in a way that anticipates much later thinking in architecture and social art history - the competing claims to the street in the spectacular centers of the modern metropolis.
The researchers theorize that the abused patients had higher vermal activity in order to quell electrical irritability within the limbic system.
That arrangement would have fostered a pooling of knowledge that would have greatly aided game hunting and foraging, Ambrose theorizes.
Caspari and Lee theorize that prehistoric grandparents sparked growth among Stone Age populations by caring for grandkids.
But geologists from the California Institute of Technology now theorize that a major shake-up of Earth's continents may have started the "Cambrian Explosion," a period dating back more than half a billion years, when many new species appeared on the planet.
Now, social scientists theorize that new mothers typically experience hormonal and brain changes that sensitize them to their babies' needs.
FDA has not yet obtained enough information to establish or theorize a cause.
The scientists theorize that schizophrenia, in its beginning stages, compromises the functioning of the brain's frontal lobe, which contains tissue active in sensing smells.
Sources theorize that if it was a bomb, a piece of carry-on luggage placed beneath a seat and above the plane's center fuel tank could have caused the chain reaction needed to produce such a massive explosion.
Police theorize that Joel walked through the parking lot to where Liberty Bell Road ends at the Arroyo Simi.
They theorize that he was knocked off his feet and swept downstream while trying to cross.
Barrow theorizes that if some of them were even slightly different, we wouldn't be here at all.