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speculator

[spek-yuh-ley-ter] /ˈspɛk yəˌleɪ tər/
noun
1.
a person who is engaged in commercial or financial speculation.
2.
a person who makes advance purchases of tickets, as to games or theatrical performances, that are likely to be in demand, for resale later at a higher price.
3.
a person who is devoted to mental speculation.
Origin of speculator
1545-1555
1545-55; < Latin speculātor explorer, equivalent to speculā() to watch over, explore, reconnoiter (see speculate) + -tor -tor
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  • “Yes, but there are lots and lots of them kings of Wall Street,” persisted Bob, who had a strong desire to become a speculator.

    The Boy Broker Frank A. Munsey
  • I no longer doubted the statement of Thompson and the speculator Smith.

  • He was a speculator, and probably had good reason for his act.

    The Golden Slipper Anna Katharine Green
  • Does not the vulgar estimate confound the philanthropist with the speculator?

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • The smaller the portions into which the speculator cuts up his building sections, the more he gets for them.

    Town Life in Australia R. E. N. (Richard) Twopeny
  • He had never thought of him as a speculator in building land.

    Tristram of Blent Anthony Hope
  • The broker makes the money and the speculator loses it, usually.

    The Boy Broker Frank A. Munsey
British Dictionary definitions for speculator

speculator

/ˈspɛkjʊˌleɪtə/
noun
1.
a person who speculates
2.
(NZ, rugby) an undirected kick of the ball
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Word Origin and History for speculator
n.

1550s, from Latin speculator, agent noun from speculari (see speculation). The financial sense is from 1778.

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