Definition of suppose
1a : to lay down tentatively as a hypothesis, assumption, or proposal suppose a fire broke out suppose you bring the saladb (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
3 : presuppose
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.
Recent Examples of suppose from the Web
On Thursday, temperatures are supposed to be in the high 80s and low 90s with a heat index of 100-103 degrees.
He was supposed to be in charge of the money for a booster club at a high school in Reston, Va., as the group’s treasurer.
The mission, part of a state of emergency, was supposed to be temporary.
Before an explosion in the 1980s diverted the Red Line to Vermont Avenue, it was supposed to traverse Fairfax.
The budget, which the government has to present to parliament by Sept. 27 and to European counterparts by mid-October, is supposed to lower the structural deficit by 0.3 percent.
But the mishap could delay what was supposed to be an Aug. 3 liftoff aboard an Atlas V (five) rocket.
Seeking asylum is supposed to be a confidential process, yet here were people, including children, who determined that a public demonstration was necessary to ensure that CBP followed the law.
This, of course, is what sanctions are supposed to do.
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SUPPOSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of suppose for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
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