speculate about

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.
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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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But I'm not going to speculate about one particular company and their decisions that have not yet been made."
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'And that is why I will not take part in games about trying to speculate about this and that, thereby undermining the Prime Minister.'
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We can only speculate about the extent of the division in the house of bishops.
He said at the annual conference in Bournemouth: "If they can speculate about the future of the industry, we are entitled to speculate about our response."
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What Yale Realty Services does is not unique, Paprin said, but real estate is a hedge guess against inflation and one can only speculate about the success of a shopping center's potential.
During the past year, at various gatherings celebrating the centennial of the 1891 law that created the national forests, I was asked to speculate about the future of these public lands.
Moreover, he adds, "It's intriguing to speculate about how the comet formed."