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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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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The first known use of suppose was in the 14th century

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30 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Suppose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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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 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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