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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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They should emphasize this by significant local research in a thoroughly theorized way, so that the two tasks of aiding development directly and elaborating development theory, fully inform each other.
The mechanism of contraception of S/TOP is theorized to be a result of both the space-filling design of the device as well as a local inflammatory tubal-tissue response to the device, which mechanically alters the tubal architecture and interferes with the function of the normal fallopian tube.
In the latter stage of his career, as portrayed in this part of the exhibit, Freud theorized that societies devise measures to rein in human instincts and control behavior.
Since pinnae vary from person to person, each human brain must gradually learn the shape of its body's ears in order to process auditory information, scientists have theorized.
Overall, this situation appears comparable to "a divided blue underclass oppressed by a unified yellow elite," Young theorized at the recent symposium.
Prior to that, several investigators had theorized that some Classic caves had been sites of ritual activity directed by shamans or priests, but the nature of these ceremonies and their relationship to the wider realm of religious, political, and economic life remained largely unknown.
Researchers have theorized that it demands more of a social thinker to consider the situational influences on another's behavior than simply to assume that behavior reflects an internal attitude.
Bowlby theorized that the human species has made a heavy evolutionary investment in mutual bonds.
Scientists theorized that Mathilde might have been slowed by the gravity of a moon a few km in diameter, but NEAR found no such companion.
They also theorized that a prion, which has no genetic material, replicates by twisting normal PrP into its own image.
The researchers figured that stable plaque, possessing no inflamed cells, would be cooler than plaque with inflammatory deposits, and they theorized that this distinction might offer a way to identify the most harmful plaque.
The researchers theorized that as people age, their secretion of growth hormone plummets, leaving them flabby and frail.
Falling birth rates and shrinking family sizes in successive social classes reflected the spread of new ideas about motherhood, such as the desirability of raising successful students rather than lots of kids, the Stanford scientists theorized.
Fuchs' group theorized that the BPAG1 gene yields a slightly different protein when expressed in the brain rather than the skin.
Some researchers have theorized that low cholesterol creates a suicide risk by slowing the transmission of serotonin, a chemical messenger in the brain.