Definition of philosophize in English:


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intransitive verb

(also British philosophise)
[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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is easy to philosophise about money, particularly by those who don't have it.’
    • ‘A lot of feminism seems to be about philosophising the whole movement, talks about theory and not much action.’
    theorize, moralize, sermonize, pontificate, preach
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    1. 1.1with object Explain or argue (a point or idea) in terms of one's philosophical theories.
      ‘Marx himself did not philosophize the issue’
      • ‘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.’



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