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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. © 2015 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.
See also: on, theorize
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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One post-positivist theoretical framework that obtained a certain amount of prominence in the 1990s was the constructivist framework, and many IR experts felt that constructivist theorizing is significant to the further development of IR as a field (Weber, 2010, p.
The reconceptualization initially posited autobiographical, political, and historical perspectives--and later, a growing variety of conceptual lenses, including ethnicity, gender, race, class, theological, aesthetic, and international, among others--as necessary in both examining and theorizing multivariant human and material complexities inherent in "curriculum," writ large.
The decision to adopt precedent as a fixed point of law is either an adoption of the precedent's theoretical underpinnings or a promise to explain by theorizing why it in fact embodies a principle worth propagating.
Based on the authors' critiques of the dominance and difference perspectives and their structuralist foundations, which situate gender as socially constructed within society, Chapter Six explicates the "performance turn" and the move to poststructural theorizing. Performance theorists view gender/sex as discursive rather than as socially constructed.
Theorizing Black Feminisms developed out of two interdisciplinary conferences on black feminist theory held at the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1990 and at Spelman College in Atlanta the following year.
organizational theorizing as the labor process is increasingly marginalized in favor of more deterministic, pseudo-microeconomic modeling.
The task of theorizing in a local context is all the more important because pan-Arabist thinking, which included ideological myth-making and plain assertion alongside theory and scholarship, is not what it was.
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Hahn, famous for his criticism of the topic (he considered it essentially fruitless), nevertheless also developed a prescriptive approach to theorizing about the role and status of economic theorizing and economic theory.
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A narrative portrayal emerges demonstrating the impact our theorizing together had on our growth, outlook, and learning in an effort to make substantive change in the community.
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In this accessible and engaging book, the author provides an overview of what physicists have established through centuries of theorizing and experimenting, Topics include the discovery of the connection between electricity and magnetism, Einstein's theory of special relativity, and the paradigm-shifting development of quantum physics.
The book's firm closing emphasis on James and Jacobean political culture privileges the historical argument at the expense of drawing out the implications of her case studies for theorizing censorship, or, rather, for theorizing the modes of censorship and their impact on the production and circulation of discourses.
The issues addressed in philosophical papers on quotation generally concern only a particular type of quotation, which the author calls "closed quotation." The other main type, "open quotation," is ignored, and this neglect leads to bad theorizing. Not only is a general theory of quotation out of reach: the specific phenomenon of closed quotation itself cannot be properly understood if it is not appropriately situated within the kind to which it belongs.