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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Recent Examples on the Web The idea was that this was a common project that was supposed to benefit all humanity. Dean Baker, The New Republic, "Inoculating the Coronavirus Vaccine Against the Profit Pandemic," 18 Mar. 2020 At the time, officials said that shelter capacity wouldn’t be reduced because winter shelters that were supposed to close in March would also stay open. oregonlive, "Multnomah County to add hundreds of homeless shelter beds within the week for people with symptoms of coronavirus," 17 Mar. 2020 Lost Girls does not dwell as much on the mystery that remains to this day, preferring instead to explore how the systems that are supposed to protect people often end up neglecting those most in need. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "The True Story Behind the Netflix Movie Lost Girls," 13 Mar. 2020 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has cancelled the spring recess that was supposed to have started next week, so that Congress can work on legislation to fight the coronavirus. CBS News, "Senators of both parties dissatisfied with Trump administration's coronavirus response," 12 Mar. 2020 The release date, the same week Joe wraps up the Democratic Party nomination, turns out to be auspicious. Meta-joke number one: This movie that was supposed to be about Trump wound up being about Biden. Kyle Smith, National Review, "On the Shooting of Deplorables," 12 Mar. 2020 The Scuderie del Quirinale, which just opened a blockbuster Raphael exhibition that was supposed to rival last year’s Leonardo da Vinci show at the Louvre, chose to close its doors. Luiz Romero, Quartz, "As Italy orders drastic measures to stop coronavirus, some get ingenious," 9 Mar. 2020 Meanwhile, states that were supposed to be good for Bernie like Washington and Idaho are now polling as ties. ABC News, "'This Week' Transcript 3-8-20:​ Sen. Bernie Sanders, Dr. Ben Carson," 8 Mar. 2020 Charging more for a less-practical design in a vehicle that is supposed to be practical strikes us as odd. Maxwell B. Mortimer, Car and Driver, "2020 BMW X6 xDrive40i Fashionable Performance Comes at a Price," 2 Mar. 2020

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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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21 Mar 2020

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“Suppose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2020.

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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 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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