suppose

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verb sup·pose \ sə-ˈpōz , usually after "I" ˈspōz \

Definition of suppose

supposed; supposing
transitive verb
1 a :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
intransitive verb

Examples of suppose in a Sentence

  1. Suppose a fire broke out. How would we escape?

  2. Just suppose for a moment that you agreed with me.

  3. Supposing he refuses to help, what do we do then?

  4. The renovations will cost much more than we originally supposed.

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Origin and Etymology of 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 Defined for English Language Learners

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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

suppose

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verb sup·pose \ sə-ˈpōz \

Definition of suppose for Students

supposed; supposing
1 :to think of as true or as a fact for the sake of argument
  • Let's suppose you won.
2 :believe 2, think
  • I suppose that's true.
3 :1guess 1
  • Who do you suppose won?


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