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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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Incompletely theorized agreements are, therefore, less viable when the Supreme Court adjudicates constitutional issues because the doctrine of stare decisis is particularly weak when a court is not subject to review by a higher court and is interpreting a foundational document.
We theorized that student use of meta-cognitive strategies (Flowerday & Schraw, 2000) would be illustrated through student communication (both verbal and written) and peer interactions in both full class and small group work.
What is needed now is an approach that will explain the absence of conflict not as a void but as a theorized structure within which activity can occur.
Unless mass education which teaches obligations as well as rights can be successfully established on the basis of a mainstream national identity, properly theorized and evoking commitment, an open, market-based economy, able to hold its own against foreign competition, is much less likely.
Defend: Albert Einstein helped prove the existence of atoms by explaining Brownian motion, or the jerky motion of particles inside a water droplet, Einstein theorized that water molecules, although you can't see them, are constantly in motion.
Perhaps, he theorized, it was because his 6-foot-2-inch dad was with him.
Biologists have theorized that the colors represent some fancy adaptation to changing light conditions, but Elfie Stocker-Worgotter of the University of Salzburg in Austria proposes a quite different explanation.
Scientists long have theorized about the origins of the universe and the species that inhabit it.
Not only have we proven the commercial feasibility of BLAST, but we've also verified the performance figures our researchers predicted when they first theorized that it might be possible to exploit interference to achieve faster and more efficient communications.
More than a century ago, Charles Darwin wrote detailed accounts of mimicry in animals and theorized that many creatures respond to the emotional states of their comrades.
Some investigators have theorized that vapors lingering in the empty tank from the plane's previous flight from Athens to New York could have been what ignited.
By July 1, 1999, Conceptus planned to (1) modify the S/TOP device which had been used in pre-clinical and early clinical studies (2) successfully place the device in twenty patients desirous of permanent contraception in a Phase II study of safety and feasibility, (3) demonstrate that the S/TOP procedure can be performed quickly and without general anesthesia, (4) obtain sixty woman-months of efficacy data from patients in which the STOP device was placed, and (5) obtain histological evidence of the theorized mechanism of action of S/TOP.
Astronomers have for several years suspected a link between gamma-ray bursts, theorized to be the birth cries of black holes, and supernovas, whose aftermaths can leave behind either a neutron star or a black hole (SN: 7/10/99, p.
Beginning with natural numbers and covering the realms of infinity from prime numbers to parallel lines, the authors explore how mathematicians have tried to grasp the ungraspable, Profiles of individuals range from Pythagoras, who theorized about irrational numbers, to Georg Cantor, who proved that infinity can come in different sizes.