Definitions for supposesəˈpoʊz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sup•posesəˈpoʊz(v.)-posed, -pos•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to assume (something), as for the sake of argument:

    Suppose you won a million dollars in the lottery.

  2. to consider (something) as a possibility or plan:

    Suppose we wait until tomorrow.

  3. to believe or assume as true; take for granted.

  4. to think or hold as an opinion:

    What do you suppose he will do?

  5. to require logically; imply; presuppose.

  6. (used in the passive) to expect or require (fol. by an infinitive verb):

    The machine is not supposed to make noise. She was supposed to meet me here.

  7. (v.i.)to assume something; presume; think.

Origin of suppose:

1275–1325; ME < OF supposer=sup-sup - +poser to pose1; cf. ML suppōnere to suppose, L: to substitute, place below


Princeton's WordNet

  1. suppose, say(verb)

    express a supposition

    "Let us say that he did not tell the truth"; "Let's say you had a lot of money--what would you do?"

  2. think, opine, suppose, imagine, reckon, guess(verb)

    expect, believe, or suppose

    "I imagine she earned a lot of money with her new novel"; "I thought to find her in a bad state"; "he didn't think to find her in the kitchen"; "I guess she is angry at me for standing her up"

  3. speculate, theorize, theorise, conjecture, hypothesize, hypothesise, hypothecate, suppose(verb)

    to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds

    "Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps"

  4. presuppose, suppose(verb)

    take for granted or as a given; suppose beforehand

    "I presuppose that you have done your work"

  5. presuppose, suppose(verb)

    require as a necessary antecedent or precondition

    "This step presupposes two prior ones"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. suppose(verb)əˈpoʊz

    to consider sth to be correct or possible

    I suppose we'll have to pay for this ourselves.; I don't suppose you have time to help, do you?

  2. supposeəˈpoʊz

    indicates what sb should or is expected to do

    You're not supposed to walk on the grass.; He was supposed to be here an hour ago.

  3. supposeəˈpoʊz

    thought or believed to

    He's supposed to be an expert on the subject.

  4. supposeəˈpoʊz

    intended to

    Is this tiny map really supposed to help us get there?

  5. supposeəˈpoʊz

    indicates you agree to sth despite not wanting to

    "Can we come to?" "Well, OK, I suppose so." FRE est-ce que ce ne serait pas "come too" ?


  1. suppose(Verb)

    To take for granted; to conclude, with less than absolute supporting data; to believe.

    Suppose that A implies B and B implies C. Then A implies C.

  2. suppose(Verb)

    To theorize or hypothesize.

    I suppose we all agree that this is the best solution.

  3. Origin: supposer; prefix sub- under + poser to place; - corresponding in meaning to supponere, suppositum, to put under, to substitute, falsify, counterfeit. See pose.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Suppose(verb)

    to represent to one's self, or state to another, not as true or real, but as if so, and with a view to some consequence or application which the reality would involve or admit of; to imagine or admit to exist, for the sake of argument or illustration; to assume to be true; as, let us suppose the earth to be the center of the system, what would be the result?

  2. Suppose(verb)

    to imagine; to believe; to receive as true

  3. Suppose(verb)

    to require to exist or to be true; to imply by the laws of thought or of nature; as, purpose supposes foresight

  4. Suppose(verb)

    to put by fraud in the place of another

  5. Suppose(verb)

    to make supposition; to think; to be of opinion

  6. Suppose(noun)


British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'suppose' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1238

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'suppose' in Written Corpus Frequency: #343

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'suppose' in Verbs Frequency: #186

Translations for suppose

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to think probable; to believe or guess

Who do you suppose telephoned today?; `I suppose you'll be going to the meeting?' `Yes, I suppose so / No, I don't suppose so.'; Do you suppose she'll win?; `Surely her statement can't be correct?' `No, I suppose not'.

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