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speculate about (someone or something)
To conjecture, hypothesize, or make guesses about someone or something without having supporting or conclusive evidence. We've all been speculating about the mysterious man who moved into the house two doors down. It's certain to be a gamble, but until we try it, all we can do is speculate about how the product will do on the market.
speculate in (something)
To buy or sell some asset, such as commodities, securities, property, etc., at a risk while hoping to gain a profit from short-term market fluctuations. My uncle made, then promptly lost, a fortune speculating in oil wells in the 1980s. You'd be a fool to speculate in dairy in today's market.
speculate on (something)
To conjecture, hypothesize, or make guesses about something without having supporting or conclusive evidence. You can't just speculate on what effect this legislation will have on the country—you've got to have some concrete data to show it will work! Instead of spending your energy speculating on the future, you should focus on the present and do what makes you happy.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
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.
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.
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?
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.