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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The pair of Air Jordans is supposed to retail for $175. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Travis Scott's Net Worth Is Absolutely Insane," 3 May 2019 It was originally supposed to ferry 100 travelers—with the hope of extending life beyond Earth in case there's a cataclysmic manmade or natural disaster. Condé Nast Traveler, "SpaceX Announcement: Yusaku Maezawa Is First Tourist to Fly to the Moon," 17 Sep. 2018 As co-showrunner David Benioff pointed out in HBO's behind-the-episode featurette, the audience is supposed to think Jon failed. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones: People Are Dragging Jon Snow for Being, Well, an Idiot," 29 Apr. 2019 And what is the sweaty, steamy ritual even supposed to do? SELF, "Does the Steam Room at the Gym Actually Do Anything?," 4 Jan. 2019 The event was originally supposed to be in January, but it later got pushed back three times before being put on indefinite hold. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "All the Signs That Hailey Baldwin is Pregnant with Justin Bieber’s Baby," 25 Mar. 2019 But suppose there’s someone watching you with the Portal who isn’t your friend? Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Things Come Apart: Facebook Portal+," 24 Mar. 2019 My trip to Southeast Asia was supposed to be a celebration of a new chapter. Glamour, "I Thought My Divorce Was Amicable—Then I Learned My Ex-Husband Was a Dom," 20 Mar. 2019 Once the egg is released, the empty follicle shrinks to form what's called a corpus luteum, which is supposed to make hormones to get ready for the next egg. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Kate Beckinsale Reveals She Went to the Hospital for a Ruptured Ovarian Cyst," 28 Jan. 2019

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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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