Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

suppose

[suh-pohz]
See more synonyms for suppose on Thesaurus.com
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.
Show More
verb (used without object), sup·posed, sup·pos·ing.
  1. to assume something; presume; think.
Show More

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for supposably

probably, apparently, allegedly, purportedly, supposably

Examples from the Web for supposably

Historical Examples of supposably

  • But they are supposably ideal phrases of susceptibility, which may be explained in more ways than one.

    The Philosophy of Natural Theology

    William Jackson

  • So far as I could make out, he was supposably not visible to any excepting two persons—the one he came for and Appelles.

  • The girl Nanda, supposably a helpless spectator, takes control of the situation and works it out for her elders.

  • At this time Mme. du Deffand had supposably reformed her conduct, if not her belief.

  • But the extreme poles of her affection are supposably represented by Phaon and Anactoria.


British Dictionary definitions for supposably

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
Show More
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for supposably

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.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with supposably

suppose

see I suppose so.

Show More
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.