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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Colette Shelton isn’t supposed to be telling you this. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "This View Park House Proves Neutrals Can Be So Cococozy," 8 Feb. 2019 Boeing was supposed to deliver 18 KC-46 tankers by 2017. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Air Force Halts Tanker Deliveries After Finding Planes Are Full of Trash," 4 Mar. 2019 You’re also supposed to floss the back sides of your last teeth, FYI. Korin Miller, SELF, "What Is a Water Flosser and Should You Be Using One?," 26 Feb. 2019 Infiltrating congress on her own terms, while redefining the antiquated ideas of what a politician is supposed to look, act, and dress like? Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Red Lipstick and Gold Hoops Were a Nod to Bronx Spirit—and Sonia Sotomayor—at Her Swearing In," 4 Jan. 2019 On another occasion in 2013, Ms. Sorroza invited all the family members to Acapulco for what was supposed to be a sentencing in the case. David Luhnow, WSJ, "Mexicans, Hit by Murder Wave, Face Long, Often Futile Wait for Justice," 25 Dec. 2018 And neither the Pentagon nor the State Department seems to have any idea what is supposed to happen next. Alex Ward, Vox, "No one knows what’s happening with Trump’s Syria decision," 20 Dec. 2018 This data is supposed to help the FCC determine where to distribute up to $4.5 billion in Mobility Fund money over the next 10 years. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "T-Mobile denies lying to FCC about size of its 4G network," 18 Dec. 2018 According to a lawsuit Rubin filed, Nisha and Mohit Sabharwal spent five years befriending her while brokering the procurement of what was supposed to be a museum-quality collection of antique pieces. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, "How to Spot Fake Jewelry, According to the Experts," 17 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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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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