suppose

[suh-pohz]

verb (used with object), sup·posed, sup·pos·ing.

verb (used without object), sup·posed, sup·pos·ing.

to assume something; presume; think.

Nearby words

  1. supporting,
  2. supportive,
  3. supportive psychotherapy,
  4. supportive therapy,
  5. supposal,
  6. supposed,
  7. supposed to,
  8. supposedly,
  9. supposing,
  10. supposition

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

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British Dictionary definitions for supposable

suppose

verb (tr; may take a clause as object)

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
Derived Formssupposable, adjectivesupposer, noun

Word Origin for suppose

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 supposable

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with supposable

suppose

see I suppose so.

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