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theorize about (someone or something)

To speculate, conjecture, or make guesses about someone or something. Everyone has been theorizing about what the company's next product might be. If I'm going into business with someone, I don't want to have to speculate about them, their past, or their motivations—I want concrete facts.
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theorize on (something)

To speculate, conjecture, or form a hypothesis about something, especially in manner that is abstract or without supporting evidence. These analysts who spend so much time theorizing on the effects of these economic changes will have on the working class have no idea what it's like to actually live through them. We've theorized on several different methods of enhancing cellular regeneration, but it will be many years before technology will prove whether or not they could be viable.
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theorize about someone or something

to hypothesize about someone or something; to conjecture about someone or something. Let's not waste time theorizing about Ted. He won't change. I can only theorize about what happened.
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theorize on something

to make a theory about something. There is no point in theorizing on something when you have all the empirical evidence you need to draw a conclusion. He spent the afternoon theorizing on the origin of the universe.
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Determining at what point to theorize is a crucial inquiry that resolves the dispute between proceeding by theoretically modest or robust inductive reasoning.
I think the crux of the problem (if there is one) for feminist visual practice and analysis lies in how we approach identity, and how we theorize and do interpretation.
What Hockney gave us, I believe, is an aesthetic for developing our capacity to theorize vividly about organizing.
King's attempt to surpass the additive models of double and triple jeopardy and to construct an alternative model that would more adequately theorize the simultaneous and multiplicative interactions among race, class, and gender continues to exert a powerful influence on contemporary black feminist theory, as is clear from the many essays in Theorizing Black Feminisms that, even when they do not explicitly cite King, present specific applications of her multiplicative model to different areas of study in the social sciences.
Scientists theorize that more than 5 billion years ago, a spinning cloud of gas and dust began to form the planets As the particles collided, they grew into larger and larger globules The inner planets--Mercury, Venus Earth, and Mars--formed closest to the sun There, temperatures were so hot that the gases "boiled off" and escaped into space So these planets are made of dense, rocky materials The outer planets, called "gas giants," formed farthest away from the sun, where gases could remain stable Pluto--an object in the Kuiper belt--is different from the inner and the outer planets
In the remarkable essay "The Writing on the Walls," written in 1971 and previously unpublished, he recounts his experiences in the London Street Commune around its occupation of an unused mansion in Picadilly, an action that brought down the full wrath of the police and conservative press; what gives the essay lasting import is his ability simultaneously to theorize - in a way that anticipates much later thinking in architecture and social art history - the competing claims to the street in the spectacular centers of the modern metropolis.
sapiens, but not Neandertals, experienced a neural rearrangement, the researchers theorize.
Neurons outside the visual cortex that respond both to the feel of objects and to sights near an observer's body may have fostered WM'S ability to see more when activated by arm movement, the scientists theorize.
But scientists who study these senses theorize that smell and taste may have evolved as built-in "alarm systems" to protect our bodies from danger--poisonous gases or spoiled foods, say.
Caspari and Lee theorize that prehistoric grandparents sparked growth among Stone Age populations by caring for grandkids.