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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Before taking such trips, officials are supposed to compare the cost of charter flights with the cost of commercial travel, but Mr. Price did not do so, Mr. Levinson said. Robert Pear, New York Times, "Ex-Health Secretary Tom Price Wasted $341,000 on Improper Travel, Inquiry Finds," 13 July 2018 But translating such knowledge into a practical identification system can be tricky—especially if that system is supposed to be covert. The Economist, "The way people walk can be used for ID and health checks," 12 July 2018 The group — which included nine people between the ages of 16 and 20, and three more adult chaperones — was originally supposed to return by July 7, Sean Caine, a spokesman for archdiocese, said in an email. Reema Amin,, "Haiti protests delay return of Baltimore Archdiocese-sponsored youth mission group," 11 July 2018 On what was supposed to be Cruz’s second day in PROMISE, he was marked absent from the program and from Westglades. Scott Travis,, "Nikolas Cruz's record in PROMISE program is a mystery," 10 July 2018 Power to the Town of Highland, which at one point Thursday afternoon had almost 1,000 customers without power, was supposed to be fully restored by 5 p.m. Thursday, McCoy said. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Storms cause thousands of power outages in Northwest Indiana," 5 July 2018 Are police supposed to be universal technical support for white people? Michael Harriot, The Root, "Sentient Marshmallow Calls Police on Black Woman for Swimming in Her Own Pool," 5 July 2018 Velasquez initially had said someone else was supposed to be watching the children that day, but sheriff’s officials said there was no evidence of that. Anita Snow, The Seattle Times, "2 Arizona kids left in car died from exposure, autopsies show," 3 July 2018 These actions reflect the growing trend of federal agencies leveraging HIPAA’s criminal penalties to obtain guilty pleas and successful prosecutions of providers who are supposed to abide by the law. Anne M. Murphy, Laura B. Angelini, STAT, "Criminal prosecution for violating HIPAA: an emerging threat to health care professionals," 2 July 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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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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