Meaning of THEORY in English

THEORY

noun

ADJECTIVE

▪ complete , unified

a grand unified ~ of the physical forces governing matter

▪ general

▪ coherent

▪ current , modern , new

▪ classical

Keynes misinterpreted the classical ~ of interest.

▪ pet

One of her pet theories is that people who restrict their calorie intake live longer.

▪ alternative , conflicting

▪ abstract

His comments are just abstract ~ and show little understanding of the realities of the situation.

▪ economic , legal , linguistic , literary , political , scientific , social , etc.

▪ critical

▪ feminist , Marxist , postmodern , structuralist , etc.

Current feminist ~ consists of several different trends.

the dominant strand of postmodern ~

▪ chaos , evolutionary , game , number , probability , quantum , string , etc.

▪ conspiracy

a conspiracy ~ about the princess's death

… OF THEORIES

▪ set

Each school has its own set of theories.

VERB + THEORY

▪ have , hold

▪ advance , develop , formulate , present , produce , propose , put forward

▪ work on

Police are working on the ~ that the murderer was known to the family.

▪ refute , reject

▪ accept

▪ confirm , prove , support

▪ disprove

▪ challenge , test

▪ apply , use

THEORY + VERB

▪ hold sth , suggest sth

▪ explain sth , predict sth

▪ be based on sth

PREPOSITION

▪ in ~

In ~, these machines should last for ten years.

▪ ~ about

He has a ~ about why dogs walk in circles before going to sleep.

PHRASES

▪ put (the) ~ into practice , ~ and practice

the distinction/relationship between ~ and practice

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