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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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References in classic literature ?
The fate of the relinquished provinces which lay beyond the dead lines we could only speculate upon.
After five years' work I allowed myself to speculate on the subject, and drew up some short notes; these I enlarged in 1844 into a sketch of the conclusions, which then seemed to me probable: from that period to the present day I have steadily pursued the same object.
Managing women, the ornaments of their sex--women who order everything for everybody, and know so much better than any person concerned what is good for their neighbours, don't sometimes speculate upon the possibility of a domestic revolt, or upon other extreme consequences resulting from their overstrained authority.
For example, a user speculates $100 that the Google share price will be lower than the current price displayed on Yalla
The paper speculates it is uncertain whether it would be held by the end of this year, because of BDI's failure to keep its promises about Macedonia's EU integration, establishing diplomatic relations with Kosovo, solving the status of the members of the NLA and the problems relating to the use of the Albanian language.
To Michiels, the prospects for creatures living this way look so perilous that he speculates that they're headed for "an evolutionary dead end.
The author describes the situation or event as it happened, and then he speculates on what might have happened if conditions had been altered.
The team speculates on the biological mechanism behind the observed effects, laying the groundwork for future research.
That's because details of the visit are fuzzy: Lodge management speculates that members of Roosevelt's entourage roughed it out at the lake, while the president bedded down in Port Angeles.
Merback speculates on how artists might have been influenced by contemporary judicial punishments, by the spectacle of execution scenes, and on how audiences used to watching gruesome executions would have reacted to altarpieces and later prints showing the Calvary scene.
While May sees this new culture as a product of an urban and industrial economy, he also speculates about the cultural contribution of the Civil War.
Lecoq speculates that new opportunities for trade will emerge even further south with the signing of a trade agreement between Canada, the U.
Foster speculates that sexual harassment might have driven females to avoid the male-dominated turf.
It's very likely that [senile plaques] can be bioactive; they've been seen attached to the sides of nerve cells, but the damage they cause is probably limited," says Klein, who further speculates, "The ADDLs are much more insidious because they diffuse between cells until they find just the right target.
I don't think guns should be handed out on a gun permit merely because someone speculates about danger or they speculate about the harm that may come to them because they may own a certain kind of property or transport a certain kind of property,'' he said.