Definition of conjecture verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

conjecture

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verb
BrE BrE//kənˈdʒektʃə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈdʒektʃər//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they conjecture
BrE BrE//kənˈdʒektʃə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈdʒektʃər//
 
he / she / it conjectures
BrE BrE//kənˈdʒektʃəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈdʒektʃərz//
 
past simple conjectured
BrE BrE//kənˈdʒektʃəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈdʒektʃərd//
 
past participle conjectured
BrE BrE//kənˈdʒektʃəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈdʒektʃərd//
 
-ing form conjecturing
BrE BrE//kənˈdʒektʃərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈdʒektʃərɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] (formal) to form an opinion about something even though you do not have much information on it synonym guess conjecture (about something) We can only conjecture about what was in the killer's mind. conjecture what/how, etc… We can only conjecture what was in the killer’s mind conjecture that… He conjectured that the population might double in ten years. conjecture something She conjectured the existence of a completely new species. conjecture something to do something The remains are conjectured to be thousands of years old. Word Origin late Middle English (in the senses ‘to divine’ and ‘divination’): from Old French, or from Latin conjectura, from conicere ‘put together in thought’, from con- ‘together’ + jacere ‘throw’.Extra examples We can only conjecture about what was in the killer’s mind.
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