verb (used without object), speculated, speculating.
to engage in thought or reflection; meditate (often followed by on, upon, or a clause).
to indulge in conjectural thought.
to engage in any business transaction involving considerable risk or the chance of large gains, especially to buy and sell commodities, stocks, etc., in the expectation of a quick or very large profit.
Origin: 1590–1600; Related forms
< Latin speculātus,
past participle of speculārī
to watch over, explore, reconnoiter, derivative of specula
watch tower, noun derivative of specere
to look, regard; see -ate1
overspeculate, verb (used without object), overspeculated, overspeculating.
prespeculate, verb (used without object), prespeculated, prespeculating.
1. think, reflect, cogitate. 2. conjecture, guess, surmise, suppose, theorize.