suppose

verb
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
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 supposed to brighten dour complexions and make concealer glide over dark circles like a dream. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "A Culture Editor's Impulse Buys: $200 of Potions, Swedish Sweets, and More," 7 Jan. 2019 The parks are supposed to be heritage sites for generation after generation. John Waters, The Seattle Times, "In shutdown, national parks transformed into Wild West — heavily populated and barely supervised," 2 Jan. 2019 Specifically in season two, the story line was supposed to be that Micheal went from being an immortal demon to a person who not only identified with humans, but adopted human morality as a concept. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "The Good Place Creator Michael Schur on How He Made Philosophy a Pop Culture Phenomenon," 6 Dec. 2018 What was supposed to be a heartfelt conversation about former President George H.W. Bush (who died on November 30) turned into a heated fight between The View panelists Joy Behar and Meghan McCain. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Stars Joy Behar and Meghan McCain Get Into Huge Fight After George H.W. Bush Tribute," 3 Dec. 2018 Ironically, The Windows 10 October 2018 Update was supposed to be a yawner, with unexciting improvements and minor new features. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft re-releases the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, admitting its testing needs to improve," 13 Nov. 2018 The morning of the Judiciary Committee vote, I was supposed to head back home. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher Open Up About Confronting Jeff Flake in the Elevator," 29 Oct. 2018 They were supposed to return home Thursday morning. Kate Brumback, Fox News, "Georgia girl, 11, dies as Michael hurls debris through roof," 12 Oct. 2018 It was supposed to be inclusive, and again now, it's been taken over by very slender, often Caucasian women. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Jameela Jamil Wants to Upend the "Body Positivity" Movement," 26 Sep. 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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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 \
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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