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postulateverb [I or T]

uk   /ˈpɒs.tjʊ.leɪt/  us   /ˈpɑː.stjə-/ formal
to ​suggest a ​theory, ​idea, etc. as a ​basicprinciple from which a ​furtheridea is ​formed or ​developed: [+ that] It was the ​Greekastronomer, Ptolemy, who postulated that the ​earth was at the ​centre of the ​universe.

postulatenoun [C]

uk   /ˈpɒs.tjʊ.lət/  us   /ˈpɑː.stjə-/ formal
an ​idea that is ​suggested or ​accepted as a ​basicprinciple before a ​furtheridea is ​formed or ​developed from it
(Definition of postulate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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postulateverb [T]

 us   /ˈpɑs·tʃəˌleɪt/ fml
to ​suggest or ​accept that a ​theory or ​idea is ​true as a ​startingpoint for ​reasoning or ​discussion: [+ that clause] Astronomers postulate that the ​comet will reappear in 4000 ​years.
postulate
noun [C]  us   /ˈpɑs·tʃə·lɪt, -ˌleɪt/
fml He ​suggested an ​original and ​interesting postulate.
(Definition of postulate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “postulate”
in Chinese (Simplified) 假定,假设…
in Chinese (Traditional) 假定,假設…
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