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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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Here, then, I wish to call attention to aspects of what now is known as "the audit culture" and how those persuaded by such indeed might disregard curriculum theorizing as an integral component of all contemporary educational endeavors.
Without theorizing, one cannot determine which points in each case are important points of analogy and which ones are collateral.
In Chapter Two the authors describe structuralist and poststructuralist paradigms and their relationship to feminist theorizing in communication.
On the other hand, Mario Rosa's article, "The 'world's theatre': the court of Rome and politics in the first half of the seventeenth century" is a richly discursive work which assumes a fair level of familiarity with early modern political theorizing.
Twenty years or so ago, during my student days in the South, I found my way into feminist art and theorizing more or less on my own--that is, the subject wasn't offered in my school's art-history curriculum, even though historical anthologies of women artists had begun to be published and revisionism was already well under way.
Bertens' chapter "The 1980s: Theorizing the Postmodern Condition").
Today, we might look for cyclical consciousness in our own forms of cultural expression, such as our theorizing.
This statement would be right on the money if the word correctly were struck from the first sentence, since some of the theorizing within the Black Arts Movement was too dogmatic and occasionally based on misconceptions of Africa.
Despite such efficiencies, of course, there are obvious advantages to living in a world where people care about their neighbors, and economists spend a lot of time theorizing about both the prevalence and the consequences of altruism.
Unlike these collections, both of which explicitly set out the historical, theoretical, and methodological rationales for their construction of a diasporic black feminism, Theorizing Black Feminisms takes its cross-cultural frame as a theoretical given, casually combining essays dealing with Africa and the United States in each of its four sections.
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.
They cover theorizing the need for cosmopolitanism, theorizing paths to cosmopolitanism, and unclenching fists and reaching out to the world.
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.