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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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189) Whether the court waits to develop theory after conceptual ascent becomes necessary, or whether it theorizes in advance, is crucial when seeking to curtail judicial discretion.
afarensis males, McHenry theorizes, literally took up arms.
sapiens, but not Neandertals, experienced a neural rearrangement, the researchers 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.
Now, social scientists theorize that new mothers typically experience hormonal and brain changes that sensitize them to their babies' needs.
Mirror neurons reside within a three-step brain network that coordinates imitation, he theorizes.
erectus groups to invent new tools and forge cooperative bonds, Hopwood theorizes.
This brain response may stimulate risky, exploratory acts in natural settings where such behaviors can reap big rewards, Fiorillo's group theorizes.
Barrow theorizes that if some of them were even slightly different, we wouldn't be here at all.
This suggests that, as people grow older, they find and create environments congenial to promoting their own genetic strengths, Plomin theorizes.
Science writer Sedge tracks this excavation, details what has been recovered thus far, and theorizes about how it all got there.
This suggests that in the ancestral hawthorn-reared flies, population pressures of some kind induced a small number of flies already able to endure apple odors to infest the new fruit, Gottlieb theorizes.
Conscious perception of colors may only require activation of this "color center;' Gray theorizes.
Ding's team theorizes that prehistoric people who trekked from Africa to distant locales may have relied on nervy, intrepid individuals to lead the journey.