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hypothesize about (something)

To speculate or wonder about something. Oh, they're just hypothesizing about what happened—there's no way they could know for sure.
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hypothesize on (something)

To speculate or wonder about something. A murmur went through the stands as people hypothesized on which dog would be named the winner.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

hypothesize about something

to speculate about something; to make guesses about something. Don't waste time hypothesizing about what happened. There is no point in hypothesizing about what happened when we don't know the actual truth.
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hypothesize on something

to conjecture on the origin or nature of something. We sat around hypothesizing on the origin of life.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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