verb (-rized; -rizing) Date: 1638 intransitive verb to form a theory ; speculate transitive verb 1. to form a theory about 2. to propose as a theory • theorization nountheorizer noun

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  • theorize — (v.) 1630s, perhaps a formation in English from THEORY (Cf. theory) + IZE (Cf. ize). Related: Theorized; theorizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • theorize — (Amer.) the·o·rize || θɪəraɪz v. develop a theory, hypothesize (also theorise) …   English contemporary dictionary

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  • theorize — (also theorise) ► VERB ▪ form a theory or theories about something. DERIVATIVES theorization noun …   English terms dictionary

  • theorize — [thē′ə rīz΄] vi. theorized, theorizing to form a theory or theories; speculate theorizer n. theorization n …   English World dictionary

  • theorize — theo|rize also theorise BrE [ˈθıəraız US ˈθi:ə ] v [I and T] to think of a possible explanation for an event or fact theorize that ▪ Researchers theorize that there was once a common language for all humanity. theorize about ▪ They have been… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • theorize — [[t]θi͟ːəraɪz[/t]] theorizes, theorizing, theorized VERB If you theorize that something is true or theorize about it, you develop an abstract idea or set of ideas about something in order to explain it. [V that] Police are theorizing that the… …   English dictionary

  • theorize — v. 1) (D; intr.) to theorize about 2) (L) the police theorized that the burglar had entered through a window * * * [ θɪəraɪz] (D; intr.) to theorize about (L) the police theorized that the burglar had entered through a window …   Combinatory dictionary

  • theorize — UK [ˈθɪəraɪz] / US [ˈθɪəˌraɪz] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms theorize : present tense I/you/we/they theorize he/she/it theorizes present participle theorizing past tense theorized past participle theorized to develop ideas to explain… …   English dictionary

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