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

 

postulate

 verb
verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they postulate
BrE BrE//ˈpɒstjuleɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːstʃəleɪt//
 
he / she / it postulates
BrE BrE//ˈpɒstjuleɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːstʃəleɪts//
 
past simple postulated
BrE BrE//ˈpɒstjuleɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːstʃəleɪtɪd//
 
past participle postulated
BrE BrE//ˈpɒstjuleɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːstʃəleɪtɪd//
 
-ing form postulating
BrE BrE//ˈpɒstjuleɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːstʃəleɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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BrE BrE//ˈpɒstjuleɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːstʃəleɪt//
 
postulate something | postulate that… (formal) to suggest or accept that something is true so that it can be used as the basis for a theory, etc. synonym posit They postulated a 500-year lifespan for a plastic container.
Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin postulat- ‘asked’, from the verb postulare.Extra examples Environmentalists postulated a 500-year lifespan for a plastic container. She postulates that the interests of girls from some ethnic minorities have largely been ignored. Some linguists have postulated a change in English pronunciation from around 1600. This theory was first postulated in 1848.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: postulate

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