- 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
Related Wordspretend, deem, understand, expect, presume, think, assume, figure, predicate, accept, divine, estimate, surmise, calculate, grant, hypothesize, suspect, take, opine, infer
Examples from the Web for suppose
Suppose my hotel “conscientiously objects” to hosting a gay couple.Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around
December 14, 2014
“I suppose she'll want a fortune as well,” he says, looking at me as if I were Liv Ullmann's agent.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
But let's suppose for a second that these emails had been released to the press.The IRS Email Double Standard
November 25, 2014
I suppose if you get obsessed with the notion of being a writer more than the writing itself, that would be bad.The Veteran Who Took Home the National Book Award
November 25, 2014
Now consider a different question: suppose Al Gore had stayed in the race.Want President Hillary? Then Primary Her
November 24, 2014
These circumstances have led me to suppose that you worship them as mere forms.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
"No, I suppose not," said Hester, thus disclaiming the title.
"I suppose you want to be taken back," said the superintendent, abruptly.
If he had been picked up by any vessel I suppose he would have written.
A grievous error it is to suppose that Cupid's artillery is limited to bow and arrows.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
- 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 suppose
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 suppose
see I suppose so.