Definition of hypothesize in US English:

hypothesize

(British hypothesise)

verb

[with object]
  • Put (something) forward as a hypothesis.

    ‘it was reasonable to hypothesize a viral causality’
    with clause ‘they hypothesize that the naturally high insulin levels result from a “thrifty gene.”’
    • ‘It allows you to hypothesise a supernatural entity to explain phenomena, but doesn't allow you to investigate said entity.’
    • ‘Considering Rousseau, with whom he quarrelled, as utopian, he hypothesized an art which was morally neutral and elitist.’
    • ‘Wolf hypothesizes a cause-and-effect relationship between women's liberation and society's ideal of beauty.’
    • ‘The killer is hypothesized to be a mutant and should be considered armed and highly dangerous.’
    • ‘In all cases the expected strength and hypothesized direction of associations were confirmed.’
    • ‘Maternal rank is hypothesized to play an important role in cub survivorship for two main reasons.’
    • ‘Hence, they proposed a two-photon process theory that hypothesizes the necessity of the O-intermediate irradiation.’
    • ‘If one event is observed or hypothesised, one can only seek its cause in terms of another observed or hypothesised event.’
    • ‘It was hypothesized that the pain picture would improve as the existential challenges resolved.’
    • ‘Schultz explained these results by hypothesizing an inactivation process that ‘spreads’ from the heterochromatic breakpoint.’
    • ‘Her basketball spirit had diminished unlike that flame the other day, and I believe I may hypothesize the reason.’
    • ‘It must be noted that the reasoning just quoted hypothesizes an unmonopolized supply of consumer and capital goods.’
    • ‘Each activity was hypothesized to motivate students to increase their ethical standards.’
    • ‘They hypothesize that resistance is rational, motivated by organizational threats to workers' identity.’
    • ‘Plato hypothesized that dependency on writing as an external memory store would be detrimental to memory.’
    • ‘Age was hypothesized in this study to be directly related to higher ethical standards.’
    • ‘The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle hypothesised that space was filled with invisible ether.’
    • ‘Their marker order can be easily derived from Catarrhini ancestor hypothesizing a pericentric inversion involving the entire short arm.’
    • ‘Based on the discussion above, we can hypothesize a link between a type of counterfactual thinking and learning.’
    • ‘You can test that proposition by hypothesizing the same transaction that is now before the Court as occurring yesterday.’
    suggest, submit, advance, propose, venture, volunteer, put forward, moot, propound, posit, air, hazard, say, declare, observe, comment, remark
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Pronunciation

hypothesize

/hīˈpäTHəˌsīz//haɪˈpɑθəˌsaɪz/