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philosophize Line breaks: phil|oso¦phize
Pronunciation: /fɪˈlɒsəfʌɪz/
(also philosophise)

Definition of philosophize in English:


[no object]
1Speculate or theorize about fundamental or serious issues, especially in a tedious or pompous way: he paused for a while to philosophize on racial equality
More example sentences
  • We cultivate a simple direct relationship with our being-no philosophizing, no moralizing, no judgments.
  • But Marin is unconvincing when he pontificates or philosophizes.
  • You've been philosophizing about your mortality a bit too much lately, and that's a sure sign of a much-needed vacation.
1.1 [with object] Explain or argue (an idea) in terms of one’s philosophical theories: Marx himself did not philosophize the issue
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  • Harry philosophizes a bit more: he says that good is following one's own nature, rather than the nature of other people.
  • He philosophized that the body has much in common with a machine, and should function properly if it is sound.
  • A master of style often imitated, in his lost work he philosophized that nothing exists; but if something exists, it couldn't be known; and even if it could be known, it couldn't be communicated.



Pronunciation: /fɪˈlɒsəfʌɪzə/
Example sentences
  • He has more in common with the rogue French poet Francois Villon, or the Persian poet Rumi, than the current breed of academic philosophizer that passes as poet these days.
  • Political leaders and philosophizers have long understood the power of attractive ideas or the ability to set the political agenda and determine the framework of debate in a way that shapes the preferences that others express.
  • To the outsider, looking in on our debates they will see a verbal wrestling ring – for when we are posting to this site we are being philosophisers.

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