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[fi-los-uh-fahyz] /fɪˈlɒs əˌfaɪz/
verb (used without object), philosophized, philosophizing.
to speculate or theorize, usually in a superficial or imprecise manner.
to think or reason as a philosopher.
Origin of philosophize
1585-95; philosoph(y) + -ize
Related forms
philosophization, noun
philosophizer, noun
overphilosophize, verb (used without object), overphilosophized, overphilosophizing.
well-philosophized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for philosophize
  • Later, they go to the seaside, play and philosophize.
  • They swap case histories, they philosophize and they argue fiercely.
  • As she tosses file folders into a cardboard box, they begin to philosophize about the nature of change.
  • The brainier designer-directors tend to produce work that is more interesting to philosophize about than to experience.
  • Some philosophers philosophize to philosophize, others philosophize to live.
British Dictionary definitions for philosophize


(intransitive) to make philosophical pronouncements and speculations
(transitive) to explain philosophically
Derived Forms
philosophization, philosophisation, noun
philosophizer, philosophiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for philosophize

1590s, from philosophy + -ize. Related: Philosophized; philosophizing. The earlier verb was simply philosophy (late 14c.).

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