philosophizes, philosophizing, philosophized
If you say that someone is philosophizing, you mean that they are talking or thinking about important subjects, sometimes instead of doing something practical.

He philosophized, he admitted, not because he was certain of establishing the truth, but because it gave him pleasure.

[V about/on n] ...a tendency to philosophize about racial harmony. [Also V with quote]

Derived words:
philosophizing N-UNCOUNT

The General was anxious to cut short the philosophizing and get down to more urgent problems.

(in BRIT, also use philosophise)

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • philosophize — phi*los o*phize (f[i^]*l[o^]s [ o]*f[imac]z), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Philosophized} (f[i^]*l[o^]s [ o]*f[imac]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. {hilosophizing} (f[i^]*l[o^]s [ o]*f[imac] z[i^]ng).] To reason like a philosopher; to search into the reason and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • philosophize — index reason (conclude), speculate (conjecture) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • philosophize — 1590s, from PHILOSOPHY (Cf. philosophy) + IZE (Cf. ize). Related: Philosophized; philosophizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • philosophize — (Amer.) phi los·o·phize || fɪ lÉ‘sÉ™faɪz / É’ v. think or reason like a philosopher, moralize, express truisms, rationalize, intellectualize (also philosophise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • philosophize — (also philosophise) ► VERB ▪ theorize about fundamental or serious issues …   English terms dictionary

  • philosophize — [fi läs′ə fīz΄] vi. philosophized, philosophizing 1. to deal philosophically with abstract matter; think or reason like a philosopher 2. to express superficial philosophic ideas, truisms, etc.; esp., to moralize philosophizer n …   English World dictionary

  • philosophize — UK [fɪˈlɒsəfaɪz] / US [fɪˈlɑsəˌfaɪz] verb [intransitive] Word forms philosophize : present tense I/you/we/they philosophize he/she/it philosophizes present participle philosophizing past tense philosophized past participle philosophized to talk… …   English dictionary

  • philosophize — the act of philosophy she asked him to philosophize whether the chair actually exists …   Dictionary of american slang

  • philosophize — verb ( phized; phizing) Date: 1594 intransitive verb 1. to reason in the manner of a philosopher 2. to expound a moralizing and often superficial philosophy transitive verb to consider from or bring into conformity with a philosophical point of… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • philosophize — philosophization, n. philosophizer, n. /fi los euh fuyz /, v.i., philosophized, philosophizing. 1. to speculate or theorize, usually in a superficial or imprecise manner. 2. to think or reason as a philosopher. Also, esp. Brit., philosophise.… …   Universalium

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