sup·pose | \sə-ˈpōz, usually after "I" ˈspōz\
supposed; supposing

Definition of suppose 

transitive verb

1a : to lay down tentatively as a hypothesis, assumption, or proposal suppose a fire broke out suppose you bring the salad

b(1) : to hold as an opinion : believe they supposed they were early

(2) : to think probable or in keeping with the facts seems reasonable to suppose that he would profit

2a : conceive, imagine

b : to have a suspicion of

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Examples of suppose in a Sentence

Suppose a fire broke out. How would we escape? Just suppose for a moment that you agreed with me. Supposing he refuses to help, what do we do then? The renovations will cost much more than we originally supposed.
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What’s baffling about this uniformity is that goal celebrations are supposed to be the most creative and individualistic part of soccer. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The World Cup of Boring Celebrations," 13 July 2018 Beer is not supposed to be nectar for the upper middle class, or for high-living millennials who can’t pay the rent after paying $35 for six bottles of some Dogfish Head experiment. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty's Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds need the off day, and other MLB thoughts," 12 July 2018 The keys are supposed to feel plush and good under your fingers and not at all like a tiny accessory keyboard. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Surface Go Is Microsoft’s Big Bet on a Tiny-Computer Future," 9 July 2018 Under such circumstances, they are supposed to contact Covered California, and their tax credits are to be adjusted accordingly. Catherine Ho,, "Affordable Care Act’s unexpected side effect: an IOU to the IRS," 8 July 2018 We are supposed to move heaven and earth, and spare no expense. Will Bunch,, "The world shows its love to kids in a Thai cave. We need that same love for kids at the border | Will Bunch," 8 July 2018 The two partners are supposed to work with Virgin Galactic to come up with a framework for how spaceflights will be conducted from the Grottaglie Spaceport. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Virgin Galactic plans to launch customers to space from a future Italian spaceport," 6 July 2018 Each month, state officials are supposed to strip deceased patients off the Medicaid rolls by matching death records to client data. Allie Morris, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas Medicaid paid $5.4 million to cover dead patients, report says," 5 July 2018 The meh: Digital cable alternatives are supposed to be easy. Jennifer Van Grove,, "AT&T's WatchTV is here and it's a head-scratcher," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of suppose

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for suppose

Middle English, from Anglo-French supposer, from Medieval Latin supponere (perfect indicative supposui), from Latin, to put under, substitute, from sub- + ponere to put — more at position

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The first known use of suppose was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of suppose

: to think of (something) as happening or being true in order to imagine what might happen

: to believe (something) to be true

: to believe (something) to be possible


sup·pose | \sə-ˈpōz \
supposed; supposing

Kids Definition of suppose

1 : to think of as true or as a fact for the sake of argument Let's suppose you won.

2 : believe sense 2, think I suppose that's true.

3 : guess entry 1 sense 1 Who do you suppose won?

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