speculate (speculates, present participle speculating; past and past participle speculated)

  1. (obsolete, intransitive) To think, meditate or reflect on a subject; to consider, to deliberate or cogitate.
    • It is remarkable that persons who speculate the most boldly often conform with the most perfect quietude to the external regulations of society.
  2. (intransitive) To make an inference based on inconclusive evidence; to surmise or conjecture.
  3. (intransitive, business, finance) To make a risky trade in the hope of making a profit; to venture or gamble.
  4. (intransitive, programming) To anticipate which branch of code will be chosen and execute it in advance.
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