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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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After speculating that Education Secretary Leonor Briones remains 'very competent,' he speculates that she will do the right thing.
'So that is why I won't play this game of speculating and undermining the present leader of this party, because I think he is an enormous asset to the party and the country.'
The first people in the "new economy" to take to speculating in shares were the middle class, but millions of impoverished Russians were quickly drawn in.
You may get some hot tips to buy a certain stock from your social media groups or broker speculating that something is about to happen to this company.
United is speculating to go ahead with the transfers as it would be a while before they sign a new manager for the club, at least three months, because the Dutch boss, who is speculated to be the likely candidate to fill in Moyes' shoes, will be available after the World Cup this summer.
Women are speculating on how Kate will have her hair on the wedding day.
Also, because of the rapid flow of material and the lack of storage space, GMI does not get involved in hedging or speculating. "Our philosophy is simple.
That hasn't kept biologists from speculating, however.
The tax, coupled with other proposals such as increasing the minimum wage, had some people speculating that the new government may end up at odds with the business community.
He also hit back at fans critical of the club for not speculating in the transfer market after reaching the UEFA Cup Final in Seville.
"But until the astronomical community meets and presents all the evidence...it is too soon to start speculating on the possible formation sites."
He added: "To start speculating about anything else would not be helpful.