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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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?
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United is reportedly speculated to be interested in several high-caliber players such as Marco Reus and Ilkay Gundogan at Borussia Dortmund, Toni Kroos at Bayern Munich and Sporting Lisbon's William Carvalho.
It is now being speculated that state finance minister Nitin Patel, who is also handling health, medical education, family welfare and transport and is also the government spokesperson, may now be elevated to the coveted position.
Seven MPs are speculated to be appointed, in addition to the current Cabinet of Ministers numbering 41, which will result the number of ministers going up to 48.
For years, biologists have speculated on why there are so few females in many male territories.
An article on The Wall Street Journal's Web site speculated that Kent's promotion put him in the race to succeed CEO Neville Isdell.
Some observers speculated that Frist is seeking to moderate his image in advance of that run, but others pointed out that it's too early to do that.
The researchers speculated that polymorphisms of two genes--ALAD (which codes for [delta]-aminolevulinic acid dehydratase, an enzyme involved in heme synthesis in red blood cells) and VDR (which codes for the vitamin D receptor)--might confer increased susceptibility to ALS through their previously confirmed impact on lead retention or mobilization in bone and blood.
When Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan sent television commentators into a tizzy by sitting in the gallery next to Hillary Rodham Clinton during the President's address to a joint session of Congress, some speculated that his prime location was a reward for supporting Clinton's economic program.
There must have been quite a celebration at the American Forestry Association, and I wonder if they speculated about what these forests would be like a century hence, in 1991.
However, he speculated that there would not be any significant impact on Ontario's business community.
One analyst has speculated that one such company might be the Dakota Brewing Co.