suppose

verb
sup·​pose | \ sə-ˈpōz How to pronounce suppose (audio) , 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
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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It's thought that Bodyguard 2 was supposed to tell the story of Costner's character, Frank Farmer, protecting Diana’s character from paparazzi and stalkers, with romance eventually blossoming between the two. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Princess Diana Was Reportedly Set to Star in a 'Bodyguard' Movie Sequel," 4 July 2019 Sometimes a character of a dance is supposed to be funny. Martha Sorren, Woman's Day, "Abby Cut GiaNina's 'Jersey Shore'-Themed Solo On This Week's 'Dance Moms'," 3 July 2019 When a diarrheal incident does occur, the pool operator is supposed to clear the pool and flush it with extremely high levels of chlorine or bromine to kill the parasite. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "CDC Warns of Rising Threat of Fecal Parasite in Swimming Pools," 2 July 2019 Like many others, he was originally supposed to attend the July 5 matinee, but it got canceled because the circus trains were delayed. Michael Hamad, courant.com, "The living survivors of the Hartford circus fire still carry the scars from the tragic day. Hear their stories in this interactive oral history.," 27 June 2019 And the worst thing is knowing that your child might be worried about what could happen at school, a place that's supposed to be safe. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "All 3,520 words spoken by Julián Castro and Beto O'Rourke at first Democratic presidential debate," 27 June 2019 Originally the tour was supposed to be wrapped up by July. John Wenzel, The Know, "“Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness has nothing to prove — except in comedy," 20 June 2019 The Mercedes, a silver hardtop convertible SL500, was supposed to be a gift to themselves, a way to celebrate their upcoming move from Maricopa to the Big Island. Robert Anglen, AZCentral.com, "Used-car nightmare: Arizona dealer didn't pay off trades or transfer title to buyers," 17 June 2019 The paper shows, in a mere three pages, that there are better ways to color certain networks than many mathematicians had supposed possible. Quanta Magazine, "A 53-Year-Old Network Coloring Conjecture Is Disproved," 17 June 2019

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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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suppose

verb

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

suppose

verb
sup·​pose | \ sə-ˈpōz How to pronounce suppose (audio) \
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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