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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Eventually, the agency is supposed to prepare for human Mars missions as well. Elizabeth Howell,, "NASA's Orion Spacecraft Gets Heat Shield for Daring Test Flight to the Moon," 21 Aug. 2018 But Republicans eager to undermine Mueller's investigation berated Strzok, citing the texts as evidence of partisan bias within a law enforcement agency supposed to steer clear of politics. Author: Eric Tucker, Mary Clare Jalonick, Anchorage Daily News, "FBI agent clashes with GOP at hearing on Russia probe," 13 July 2018 David Williams III, 24, was supposed to be watching his 15-month-old son while the baby's mother worked at her new job, according to the Gonzales Police Department. Josh Magness, star-telegram, "Teens were 'laughing hysterically' as they terrorized 1-year-old with a Taser, cops say," 10 July 2018 All wheel-lock-only cycles, which can easily block sidewalks or be stolen or vandalized, were supposed to be off the streets by July 1 according to the original permit requirements. John Greenfield, Chicago Reader, "So long Ofo: Bike-share company is leaving Chicago because of lock requirements," 9 July 2018 Abigail Spears ultimately claimed that title last year in what was supposed to be the start of her final year on the WTA tour. Glae Thien,, "Abigail Spears’ net worth is still on upswing in tennis," 13 July 2018 The boys and their coach, Ekapol Chantawong, walked into the cave June 23 after soccer practice for what was supposed to be a few hours of exploration. John Bacon, ajc, "WATCH: Video shows rescued Thai soccer players flashing victory sign from hospital beds," 12 July 2018 The evidence began to pile up when Apple found CCTV footage of Zhang on the company's California campus during what was supposed to be his paternity leave. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Ex-Apple Employee Charged With Stealing Self-Driving Tech," 11 July 2018 What was supposed to be a 20-minute drive back to the mission house — run by the Diocese of Norwich Outreach to Haiti — turned into a 5 1/2-hour trip. Alison Kuznitz, Courant Community, "Students From Northwest Catholic 'Safe And Sound' During Mission Trip To Haiti Amid Riots, High School Confirms," 9 July 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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