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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 spec·u·late /ˈspɛkjəˌlet/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Spec·u·late v. i. [imp. & p. p. Speculated p. pr. & vb. n. Speculating.]
 1. To consider by turning a subject in the mind, and viewing it in its different aspects and relations; to meditate; to contemplate; to theorize; as, to speculate on questions in religion; to speculate on political events.
    It is remarkable that persons who speculate the most boldly often conform with the most pefect quietude to the external regulations of society.   --Hawthorne.
 2. Philos. To view subjects from certain premises given or assumed, and infer conclusions respecting them a priori.
 3. Com. To purchase with the expectation of a contingent advance in value, and a consequent sale at a profit; -- often, in a somewhat depreciative sense, of unsound or hazardous transactions; as, to speculate in coffee, in sugar, or in bank stock.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Spec·u·late, v. t. To consider attentively; as, to speculate the nature of a thing. [R.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds;
           "Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in
           swamps" [syn: theorize, theorise, conjecture, hypothesize,
            hypothesise, hypothecate, suppose]
      2: talk over conjecturally, or review in an idle or casual way
         and with an element of doubt or without sufficient reason
         to reach a conclusion; "We were speculating whether the
         President had to resign after the scandal"
      3: reflect deeply on a subject; "I mulled over the events of
         the afternoon"; "philosophers have speculated on the
         question of God for thousands of years"; "The scientist
         must stop to observe and start to excogitate" [syn: chew
         over, think over, meditate, ponder, excogitate, contemplate,
          muse, reflect, mull, mull over, ruminate]
      4: invest at a risk; "I bought this house not because I want to
         live in it but to sell it later at a good price, so I am
         speculating" [syn: job]