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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Recent Examples on the Web Especially early on in litigation, all of the parties involved often prioritize the exchange of information, and circumvent or ignore the legal standards that are supposed to be applied. Alexander Egilman, STAT, "Confidentiality orders in drug, device lawsuits harm patients and the public," 11 Nov. 2019 Apparently Kerbal Space Program 2 was supposed to be out before March, 2020. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: IO confirms Hitman 3 development, BioWare teases Dragon Age news for next month," 8 Nov. 2019 Timing could be an even greater factor this winter, as the 2020 MLS season is supposed to kick-off in late February, the league’s earliest-ever start. Julian Cardillo, Pro Soccer USA, "MLS Players Association lays out key issues ahead of negotiations for new CBA," 8 Nov. 2019 This bright, airy café makes its own bread, so get one of the toasts and an Americano while admiring the floral arrangements and doing what people are supposed to do on vacation—relaxing. Emily Schultz, Bon Appétit, "If You Like Wine and Beautiful Views, You Should Probably Go to the Okanagan Valley," 7 Nov. 2019 Terriers boss Dan Cowley's response to supposed interest in Grant?, "Transfer Rumours: Man Utd Seek McNeil Return, Genk Star on Klopp's Radar, Mount Talks Barça & More," 6 Nov. 2019 Landlords are not supposed to evict tenants for being domestic violence victims. Anne Deprince, The Conversation, "Don’t make intimate violence victims look for help – research shows they fare better when police and community organizations coordinate assistance," 1 Nov. 2019 Michele said it was supposed to be a tribute to performance artist Leigh Bowery. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "Gucci’s astronomical sales are coming back to earth," 25 Oct. 2019 Aren’t major milestones supposed to be big, unambiguous achievements? Quanta Magazine, "Google and IBM Clash Over Milestone Quantum Computing Experiment," 23 Oct. 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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15 Nov 2019

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

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How to pronounce suppose (audio)

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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