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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Originally, this flight — which will carry NASA astronaut Anne McClain, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques, and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko — was supposed to launch on December 20th, in order to join Hague and Ovchinin. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Three astronauts will launch to space on Monday — two months after botched flight," 2 Dec. 2018 In other words: It's supposed to be more effective. Jillian Ruffo, Glamour, "I Tried a Glow-Boosting IV Treatment to See If It'd Give Me Better Skin," 30 Nov. 2018 Like all nonprofits, the NRA Foundation is supposed to list all of its officers and their compensation in annual tax filings. Mark Maremont, WSJ, "NRA Awarded Contracts to Firms With Ties to Top Officials," 30 Nov. 2018 On paper, the holiday and holiday eating are supposed to be full of happiness, celebration, and cheer. Abby Langer, SELF, "4 Holiday Season Nutrition Myths You Should Ignore," 23 Nov. 2018 Most recently, ahead of Tuesday's Flipping Out season 11 finale in which the fight is supposed to air, Jeff opened up again, this time remorseful. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "[Updated] Flipping Out's Jeff Lewis Regrets The Fight That Led To Him Losing Jenni Pulos As A Friend," 21 Nov. 2018 The federal background check system is supposed to stop convicted abusers from buying guns — in fact, one in seven people stopped by the background check system are abusers, Kilgour said. Anna North, Vox, "At Chicago’s Mercy Hospital, domestic violence became multiple homicide. It’s part of a disturbing pattern.," 21 Nov. 2018 But otherwise the Headphones seemed to do what they were supposed to: filter out background noise, and do it very well. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Hands-on with Microsoft's Surface Headphones: tune out the outside world to focus," 3 Oct. 2018 Within the film, the wedding is supposed to cost $40 million, a figure which might well suggest the end result will be ostentatious, even tacky. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Crazy Rich Asians Made Its Wedding-on-a-Budget Look Like $40 Million," 6 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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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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