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 Then suppose somebody leaked the photo of that noose today. Mike Finger,, "In its outrage, NASCAR got it right," 25 June 2020 Now, as case counts rise alarmingly in other parts of the country, there is every reason to suppose that these places will need similarly comprehensive efforts to prevent a disaster from occurring. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "As New York Reaches a Coronavirus Landmark, Parts of Red America Are Facing a Potential Disaster," 19 June 2020 So suppose that a hacker has gained access to ballot-marking machines and wants to modify 2 percent of votes. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Georgia shows why November’s election could be chaos," 16 June 2020 But the numbers on Trump’s worsening position offer good reason to suppose the strategy might not work. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Democratic Veepstakes in a Time of Protest," 13 June 2020 Property where the owner is known is supposed to go back to that original owner. Peter Frick-wright, Outside Online, "Finding Forrest Fenn’s Treasure Was Just the Start," 9 June 2020 Jafari, who lived a few blocks away, didn’t know who was supposed to clean up the mess. IndyStar, "A stubborn stain, a selfless act, a wrenching discovery: cleaning up after Chris Beaty’s death in Indianapolis," 1 June 2020 In this regard, the US has done little to bring the opposing sides together, and Ethiopia eventually decided not to attend a final round of negotiations in late February, where the sides were supposed to sign a legal and binding agreement. Zecharias Zelalem, Quartz Africa, "Ethiopia and Egypt are pushing each other to the brink in a battle for control on the river Nile," 30 May 2020 The meds are supposed to kill the Lyme, boost my immune system, and manage my symptoms., "This Woman Was Bitten by a Tick in 2007—and She's Still Dealing With Chronic Lyme Disease Symptoms," 28 May 2020

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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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5 Jul 2020

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“Suppose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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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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