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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: theorize

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The most pernicious cancer on Shakespeare scholarship--probably the most extensive pseudoscholarly endeavor ever undertaken--is that of conspiracy-minded theorizers who for a century and a half have argued among themselves about who actually wrote the plays, who kept it a secret, and why.
Second, how can the planning of lessons cater for other types of learning styles, notably that of Theorizers and Pragmatists.
"Hopkins was a great theorizer," Hilary Fraser observes.
Tina was suspected of being an accomplice in setting him up for the Left--or for the Right, depending on the theorizer. Albers speculates on this scandal:
Appropriately, Kroetsch himself exhibits something of this disjunction: he is a prolific theorizer who offers considerable commentary on Kroetsch the writer, even as Kroetsch the writer is himself a ruptured sayer/doer.
We can ignore the results of the failed theorizer, and want to compare the believability of a hypothesis generated by a successful theorizer with that of the same hypothesis when it is generated by a looker.
The notions of "perfective" or "punctual" or "past" literally make no sense without "imperfective" or "durative" or--revealingly--"non-past." One theorizer says the original verb was the imperative.
Probably the greatest materialist theorizer of the 18th century was the German philosopher Paul Heinrich Dietrich d'Holbach (1723 - 89), whose major work, Systeme de la nature (1770), argued that all reality is nature and that nature is determined by matter -- earth, fire, air, water -- in motion.
Stories about what happened very, very long ago and far away are bound to reflect more about the mind of the theorizer than about anything else.
TNG: And now you're a teacher, practitioner, and theorizer of - how do you describe it exactly?
There are different divisions between constructivists theorizers. One sphere along which constructivists are divided is between the adherents of positivism and post-positivism.
Nevertheless, we are plagued by theorizers lacking all practical experience.
(13) However, the infinite could also give rise to very daunting implications for its theorizers. Prominent seventeenth- and eighteenth-century men of science--Galileo Galilei, Blaise Pascal, Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle, and William Derham, among others--give expression to one of the chief problems accompanying a paradigm shift in which infinity becomes established as a constitutive feature of new scientific worldviews: the infinite characteristics newly ascribed to space, time, and other categories of experimental science brought with them a strong possibility for great ontological variance in the universe, thereby presenting a challenge to prevailing arguments that all matter partakes of a universal and mathematically cogent design.
Many theorizers like Epel and Bandura (1999), Carver and Scheire (1998) work on Self-regulation, proposed that individuals can be varying in different aspects related to cognition and motivation which in terms enhancing behavior toward the attainments of certain goals.
Patricia Hill Collins, a professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, is often touted as one of the first theorizers of Black feminism.