Definition of theorize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈθɪərʌɪz/
(also theorise)


[no object]
1Form a theory or theories about something: he theorized that the atolls marked the sites of vanished volcanoes (as noun theorizing) they are more interested in obtaining results than in political theorizing
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  • Political scientists have theorized that a better-educated citizenry would be a more involved one.
  • The philosopher Heidegger theorized that the primary way that we experience the world isn't through our vision, or our hearing, or any other sense perception.
  • Marx theorized that in the very act of selling one's labor, one is estranging oneself from oneself, as work ‘for another’ is not a natural or desired activity.
speculate, conjecture, hypothesize, take as a hypothesis, postulate, form/formulate a theory, propose, posit, surmise, suppose, guess;
1.1 [with object] Create a theoretical premise or framework for: women should be doing feminism rather than theorizing it
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  • This event is theorized to have created enormous amounts of dust, which blocked out the sun, possibly for years, and led to the extinction of 75 percent of all living species.
  • It's vainglory and ambition for its own sake; it's hazily theorizing solutions rather than rolling up your sleeves and doing something.
  • Gabler does get to discuss how new technologies are creating new spheres of entertainment and forms of experience and in general describes rather than theorizes the trends he is engaging.



Pronunciation: /θɪərʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • French Marxist Louis Althusser developed a fruitful theorization of the presence of ideology in society - a line of inquiry that film theorists especially were quick to adopt for their own.
  • The brief comments that follow attempt to outline the main arguments and contexts of these theorizations and to note some limitations which, in my view, restrict their usefulness.
  • This will likely lead to theorizations of multiculturalism that are more minority-oriented than the ones discussed above.


Example sentences
  • Like many Freudian theorizers, Oliver has little time for proof of his theories.
  • The Grimms themselves collected, theorized, and maintained connections with other theorizers, thus ensuring the widespread dissemination of evidence and paradigm.
  • And the biggest problem of all is that we humans are incorrigible theorizers.

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