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[hahy-poth-uh-sahyz, hi-] /haɪˈpɒθ əˌsaɪz, hɪ-/
verb (used without object), hypothesized, hypothesizing.
to form a hypothesis.
verb (used with object), hypothesized, hypothesizing.
to assume by hypothesis.
Also, hypothecate; especially British, hypothesise.
Origin of hypothesize
1730-40; hypothes(is) + -ize
Related forms
hypothesizer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hypothesize
  • As the scientists behind the study hypothesize, it may be a matter of feeding habits.
  • Ask students to hypothesize what would happen during an oil spill if oil and water were the same density.
  • Students should then hypothesize why these two images are so similar.
  • Ask students to look at the collage and hypothesize what these animals eat.
  • Ask students to hypothesize the economic reasons why people might want to have smaller families.
  • Ask students to hypothesize how fishermen, divers, and ecologists might feel about these artificial reefs.
  • Selection factors must be considered in any attempt to hypothesize about genetically-mediated outcomes.
  • He did not hypothesize that the right hemisphere was not conscious because it did not respond to language.
  • We hypothesize that this decline may be an early manifestation of an accelerated cognitive aging process.
British Dictionary definitions for hypothesize


to form or assume as a hypothesis
Derived Forms
hypothesizer, hypothesiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for hypothesize

1738, from hypothesis + -ize. Related: Hypothesized; hypothesizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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hypothesize in Science
To form a hypothesis.
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