speculate

verb
ADVERB
openly, publicly

Commentators are openly speculating on whether the accusation is false.

widely
wildly

The British press speculated wildly about his disappearance.

VERB + SPECULATE
can only
be free to, feel free to

Both sides are free to speculate on the other's motives.

decline to, refuse to
be interesting to, be tempting to
be possible to, be reasonable to

It would seem entirely reasonable to speculate that tribal loyalties influenced the outcome of the election.

be premature to

It would be premature to speculate as to the outcome at this stage.

be difficult to
PREPOSITION
about

There was no point in speculating about the possibility of them getting back together.

as to

We can only speculate as to this man's identity.

on, upon

He refused to speculate on her reasons for leaving.

Speculate is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑newspaper

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