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supposed

[suh-pohzd, -poh-zid]
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adjective
  1. assumed as true, regardless of fact; hypothetical: a supposed case.
  2. accepted or believed as true, without positive knowledge: the supposed site of an ancient temple.
  3. merely thought to be such; imagined: supposed gains.

Origin of supposed

First recorded in 1560–70; suppose + -ed2
Related formssup·pos·ed·ly [suh-poh-zid-lee] /səˈpoʊ zɪd li/, adverbnon·sup·posed, adjectiveun·sup·posed, adjective

suppose

[suh-pohz]
verb (used with object), sup·posed, sup·pos·ing.
  1. to assume (something), as for the sake of argument or as part of a proposition or theory: Suppose the distance to be one mile.
  2. to consider (something) as a possibility suggested or an idea or plan proposed: Suppose we wait until tomorrow.
  3. to believe or assume as true; take for granted: It is supposed that his death was an accident.
  4. to think or hold as an opinion: What do you suppose he will do?
  5. to require logically; imply; presuppose: The evidence supposes his presence near the scene.
  6. (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.
verb (used without object), sup·posed, sup·pos·ing.
  1. to assume something; presume; think.

Origin of suppose

1275–1325; Middle English supposen < Old French supposer, equivalent to sup- sup- + poser to pose1; compare Medieval Latin suppōnere to suppose, Latin: to substitute, place below
Related formssup·pos·a·ble, adjectivesup·pos·a·bly, adverbsup·pos·er, nounmis·sup·pose, verb, mis·sup·posed, mis·sup·pos·ing.un·sup·pos·a·ble, adjective
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Examples from the Web for supposed

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • 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.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • He knew the circumstances of the Rushtons, and he had not supposed they had any money on hand.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for supposed

supposed

adjective
  1. (prenominal) presumed to be true without certain knowledgehis supposed date of birth
  2. (prenominal) believed to be true on slight grounds; highly doubtfulthe supposed existence of ghosts
  3. (səˈpəʊzd) (postpositive foll by to) expected or obliged (to)I'm supposed to be there at nine
  4. (səˈpəʊzd) (postpositive; used in negative foll by to) expected or obliged not (to)you're not supposed to walk on the grass
Derived Formssupposedly (səˈpəʊzɪdlɪ), adverb

suppose

verb (tr; may take a clause as object)
  1. to presume (something) to be true without certain knowledgeI suppose he meant to kill her
  2. to consider as a possible suggestion for the sake of discussion, elucidation, etc; postulatesuppose that he wins the election
  3. (of theories, propositions, etc) to imply the inference or assumption (of)your policy supposes full employment
Derived Formssupposable, adjectivesupposer, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French supposer, from Medieval Latin suppōnere, from Latin: to substitute, from sub- + pōnere to put
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Word Origin and History for supposed

adj.

"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).

suppose

v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with supposed

supposed

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