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My theory is that if you look confident you can pull off anything - even if you have no clue what you're doing.
Jessica Alba

Meaning of "theory" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD THEORY

From Late Latin theōria, from Greek: a sight, from theōrein to gaze upon.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF THEORY

theory  [ˈθɪərɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF THEORY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Theory is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES THEORY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Theory

Theory is a contemplative and rational type of abstract or generalizing thinking, or the results of such thinking. Depending on the context, the results might for example include generalized explanations of how nature works. The word has its roots in ancient Greek, but in modern use it has taken on several different related meanings. A theory is not the same as a hypothesis. A theory provides an explanatory framework for some observation, and from the assumptions of the explanation follows a number of possible hypotheses that can be tested in order to provide support for, or challenge, the theory. One modern group of meanings emphasizes the interpretative, abstracting, and generalizing nature of theory. For example in the arts and philosophy, the term "theoretical" may be used to describe ideas and empirical phenomena which are not easily measurable. Theory abstracts. It draws away from the particular and empirical. By extension of the philosophical meaning, "theoria" is a word still used in theological contexts to mean viewing through contemplation — speculating about meanings that transcend measurement.

Definition of theory in the English dictionary

The first definition of theory in the dictionary is a system of rules, procedures, and assumptions used to produce a result. Other definition of theory is abstract knowledge or reasoning. Theory is also a speculative or conjectural view or idea.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH THEORY


dearie
ˈdɪərɪ
diary
ˈdaɪərɪ
eerie
ˈɪərɪ
enquiry
ɪnˈkwaɪərɪ
Erie
ˈɪərɪ
expiry
ɪkˈspaɪərɪ
feerie
ˈfeɪərɪ
fiery
ˈfaɪərɪ
hosiery
ˈhəʊzɪərɪ
inquiry
ɪnˈkwaɪərɪ
judiciary
dʒuːˈdɪʃɪərɪ
Kediri
kɪˈdɪərɪ
lire
ˈlɪərɪ
metatheory
ˈmɛtəˌθɪərɪ
Neri
ˈnɪərɪ
peri
ˈpɪərɪ
query
ˈkwɪərɪ
siri
ˈsɪərɪ
subsidiary
səbˈsɪdɪərɪ
weary
ˈwɪərɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE THEORY

theorematist
theoremic
theoretic
theoretical
theoretical physicist
theoretical physics
theoretically
theoretician
theoretics
theoric
theories
theorisation
theoriser
theorist
theorization
theorize
theorizer
theory of games
theory of types
theory-laden

WORDS THAT END LIKE THEORY

atomic theory
automata theory
big bang theory
big-bang theory
chaos theory
complexity theory
conspiracy theory
decision theory
game theory
gauge theory
information theory
kinetic theory
model theory
number theory
probability theory
quantum theory
set theory
string theory
systems theory
the kinetic theory
wave theory

Synonyms and antonyms of theory in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «THEORY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «theory» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of theory

Translation of «theory» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF THEORY

Find out the translation of theory to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of theory from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «theory» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

理论
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

teoría
570 millions of speakers

English

theory
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

सिद्धांत
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

نَظَرِيَّة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

теория
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

teoria
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

তত্ত্ব
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

théorie
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Teori
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Theorie
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

理論
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

이론
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Teori
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

lý thuyết
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

கோட்பாடு
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

सिद्धांत
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

teori
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

teoria
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

teoria
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

теорія
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

teorie
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

θεωρία
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

teorie
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

teori
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

teori
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of theory

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «THEORY»

The term «theory» is very widely used and occupies the 3.277 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «THEORY» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about theory

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10 QUOTES WITH «THEORY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word theory.
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Jessica Alba
My theory is that if you look confident you can pull off anything - even if you have no clue what you're doing.
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Gerry Anderson
I've always been interested in the idea of space exploration. When I was younger it was just a dream, but the theory of rockets being able to travel through space was very much alive. I found it very exciting.
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David Axelrod
I have never believed in the Wizard of Oz theory of consulting, that I am all-knowing and all-seeing, and that everyone around me is kind of a backbencher.
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Bob Balaban
I'm from the Midwest, and I loved my family. I had a very good time as a child, but I was also - I have a theory about Jews growing up in the Midwest, that there is an ultimately sort of wonderful avoidance of a lot of things, and a great acceptance of whatever is happening.
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Eric Bana
I have a theory that I really want my kids to know - the only coloration that they make between dad being in films and reality is just a lot of people doing a lot of hard work.
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Stacey Bendet
Theory did a great work pant, and everyone was doing denim. But no one was making a trouser sexy, or the focus of an outfit... So, that's what I set out to do.
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Harrison Birtwistle
Minimalism now is a reaction to what came before. It's absolutely of its time. Music moved into the set theory thing, and moved out of it.
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Sidney Blumenthal
It was an absurd theory that by cutting taxes you would increase government revenues, because the growth of the economy would create an overflow of taxes that would fall into the government coffers.
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Billy Bragg
My theory is this; I'm not a political songwriter. I'm an honest songwriter.
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David D. Burns
One of the most interesting things about the cognitive theory is the idea that anger and interpersonal conflict ultimately result from a mental con. In other words, you're telling yourself things that aren't entirely true when you're fighting with someone.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «THEORY»

Discover the use of theory in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to theory and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Jazz Theory Book
The most highly-acclaimed jazz theory book ever published!
Mark Levine, 2011
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Monster theory [electronic resource]: reading culture
Through a historical sampling of monsters, these essays argue that our fascination for the monstrous testifies to our continued desire to explore difference and prohibition.
Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, 1996
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Matching Theory
This study of matching theory deals with bipartite matching, network flows, and presents fundamental results for the non-bipartite case.
M.D. Plummer, L. Lovász, 1986
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Film Production Theory: Social Impacts of Sydney 2000
Integrates contemporary film theory into the teaching of film production, presenting alternatives to the standard Hollywood model of filmmaking.
Jean-Pierre Geuens, 2000
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Naive Set Theory
The reader should derive from this volume a maximum of understanding of the theorems of set theory and of their basic importance in the study of mathematics." --PHILOSOPHY AND PHENOMENOLOGICAL RESEARCH
P. R. Halmos, 1960
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A Theory of Justice
Since it appeared in 1971, John Rawls's "A Theory of Justice" has become a classic. The author has now revised the original edition to clear up a number of difficulties he and others have found in the original book.
John Rawls, 2009
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Aspects of the Theory of Syntax
At the same time, it has become apparent that these formulations can be extended and deepened.The major purpose of this book is to review these developments and to propose a reformulation of the theory of transformational generative grammar ...
Noam Chomsky, 1969
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Using Conflict Theory
Using Conflict Theory presents how and why conflict erupts, and how it can be managed.
Otomar J. Bartos, Paul Wehr, 2002
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Morse Theory
One of the most cited books in mathematics, John Milnor's exposition of Morse theory has been the most important book on the subject for more than forty years.
John Willard Milnor, 1963
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Coding Theory: A First Course
It is of central importance for many applications in computer science or engineering. This book gives a comprehensive introduction to coding theory whilst only assuming basic linear algebra.
San Ling, Chaoping Xing, 2004

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «THEORY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term theory is used in the context of the following news items.
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The Big Bang Theory to Fund UCLA Scholarship for Science Students
The Big Bang Theory Scholarship Endowment has already raised $4 million to support undergraduate students at UCLA who are studying the sciences. Starting ... «TIME, May 15»
2
Explaining a Cornerstone of Game Theory: John Nash's Equilibrium
Dr. Nash did not invent game theory; the mathematician John von Neumann did the pioneering work to establish the field in the first half of the 20th century. «New York Times, May 15»
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The Big Bang Theory: “The Commitment Determination”
The eighth season of The Big Bang Theory has spent a lot of time avoiding the dramatic tension that one would have assumed to be central to the plot after the ... «A.V. Club Denver/Boulder, May 15»
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Big Bang Theory pays tribute to Leonard Nimoy
Leonard Nimoy never physically appeared on The Big Bang Theory, but his presence loomed large over the hit CBS series, which even featured that classic ... «Entertainment Weekly, Mar 15»
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Eddie Redmayne wins best actor Oscar for portrayal of Stephen …
The Theory of Everything tells Hawking's story from his early years as a ... It follows the celebrated physicist as he develops his theory of relativity, while ... «The Guardian, Feb 15»
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BAFTAs 2015: The Theory of Everything wins big at the UK's top …
The Theory of Everything took home one of the most coveted awards at the 2015 BAFTAs on Sunday night. The film, which is based on the life of Professor ... «hellomagazine.com, Feb 15»
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'Boyhood' and 'The Theory of Everything' win big at the 2015 Bafta …
LONDON — Boyhood and The Theory of Eveything were among the big winners at the 2015 Baftas at London's Royal Opera House Sunday. Boyhood picked ... «Mashable, Feb 15»
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The Big Bang Theory: “The Troll Manifestation”
I've said a few times before that critiquing an episode of The Big Bang Theory, or really any episodic sitcom, is a much different exercise than analyzing a ... «A.V. Club DC, Feb 15»
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Stephen Hawking Biopic 'Theory of Everything' Wins 2 Golden Globes
Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson won in the "Best Original Score" category for his work on "The Theory of Everything." In total, "The Theory of Everything" was ... «Space.com, Jan 15»
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'Big Bang Theory' Star Kaley Cuoco Apologizes for Her 'Not Feminist …
The "Big Bang Theory" star received backlash from her comments about feminism and she turned to Instagram to apologize about her statement. The actress ... «Christian Post, Jan 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Theory [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/theory>. Aug 2019 ».
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