- assumed as true, regardless of fact; hypothetical: a supposed case.
- accepted or believed as true, without positive knowledge: the supposed site of an ancient temple.
- merely thought to be such; imagined: supposed gains.
Origin of supposed
- to assume (something), as for the sake of argument or as part of a proposition or theory: Suppose the distance to be one mile.
- to consider (something) as a possibility suggested or an idea or plan proposed: Suppose we wait until tomorrow.
- to believe or assume as true; take for granted: It is supposed that his death was an accident.
- to think or hold as an opinion: What do you suppose he will do?
- to require logically; imply; presuppose: The evidence supposes his presence near the scene.
- (used in the passive) to expect or design; require or permit (followed by an infinitive verb): The machine is supposed to make noise. I'm not supposed to run fast.
- to assume something; presume; think.
Origin of suppose
Examples from the Web for supposed
By James Joiner Thea Shaheen had waited her whole life for the body she was supposed to be in.Six Must-Read Stories About Gay Mormon Husbands and Iranian Drug Wars
The Daily Beast
January 3, 2015
Both high fashion and the fast, commercial fashion of Target are supposed to be about aspiration.One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem
January 2, 2015
Neither could her three-week, multi-thousand dollar stay, which was supposed to be a recovery period.
It was supposed to land in Singapore at 8:57 a.m. local time.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370
December 29, 2014
Thea Shaheen had waited her whole life for the body she was supposed to be in.
Those who were initiated were supposed to be peculiarly under the protection of the gods.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
The boat he supposed to belong to Robert, and he was determined to spoil it.
He knew the circumstances of the Rushtons, and he had not supposed they had any money on hand.
It must not be supposed that this spring day in the spring places had reformed his manner of delivery.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Of this breed there are supposed to be about three millions in our Southern provinces.
- (prenominal) presumed to be true without certain knowledgehis supposed date of birth
- (prenominal) believed to be true on slight grounds; highly doubtfulthe supposed existence of ghosts
- (səˈpəʊzd) (postpositive foll by to) expected or obliged (to)I'm supposed to be there at nine
- (səˈpəʊzd) (postpositive; used in negative foll by to) expected or obliged not (to)you're not supposed to walk on the grass
- to presume (something) to be true without certain knowledgeI suppose he meant to kill her
- to consider as a possible suggestion for the sake of discussion, elucidation, etc; postulatesuppose that he wins the election
- (of theories, propositions, etc) to imply the inference or assumption (of)your policy supposes full employment
Word Origin and History for supposed
"believed or thought to exist," 1580s, past participle adjective from suppose (q.v.); often with the -e- pronounced, to distinguish it from the passive past tense supposed, now common in the sense of "to have a duty or obligation" (1859).
early 14c., "to assume as the basis of argument," from Old French supposer "to assume," probably a replacement of *suppondre (influenced by Old French poser "put, place"), from Latin supponere "put or place under," from sub "under" + ponere "put, place" (see position). Meaning "to admit as possible, to believe to be true" is from 1520s.
Idioms and Phrases with supposed
see I suppose so.