supposed

[ suh-pohzd, -poh-zid ]
/ səˈpoʊzd, -ˈpoʊ zɪd /

adjective

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

First recorded in 1560–70; suppose + -ed2

OTHER WORDS FROM supposed

sup·pos·ed·ly [suh-poh-zid-lee] /səˈpoʊ zɪd li/, adverbnon·sup·posed, adjectiveun·sup·posed, adjective

Definition for supposed (2 of 2)

suppose
[ suh-pohz ]
/ səˈpoʊz /

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

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

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

OTHER WORDS FROM suppose

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British Dictionary definitions for supposed (1 of 2)

supposed
/ (səˈpəʊzd, -ˈpəʊzɪd) /

adjective

(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

Derived forms of supposed

supposedly (səˈpəʊzɪdlɪ), adverb

British Dictionary definitions for supposed (2 of 2)

suppose
/ (səˈpəʊz) /

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 forms of suppose

supposable, 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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Idioms and Phrases with supposed

suppose

see I suppose so.

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