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Princeton's WordNet

  1. suppose, sayverb

    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, guessverb

    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, supposeverb

    to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds

    "Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps"

  4. presuppose, supposeverb

    take for granted or as a given; suppose beforehand

    "I presuppose that you have done your work"

  5. presuppose, supposeverb

    require as a necessary antecedent or precondition

    "This step presupposes two prior ones"


  1. supposeverb

    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. supposeverb

    To theorize or hypothesize.

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Supposenoun

    Supposition; position without proof; unevidenced conceit.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    That we come short of our suppose so far,
    That after sev’n years siege, yet Troy-walls stand? William Shakespeare.

    Is Egypt’s safety, and the king’s, and your’s,
    Fit to be trusted on a bare suppose
    That he is honest? John Dryden, Cleomenes.

  2. To SUPPOSEverb

    Etymology: supposer, French; suppono, Latin.

    Suppose some so negligent that they will not be brought to learn by gentle ways, yet it does not thence follow that the rough discipline of the cudgel is to be used to all. John Locke.

    This is to be entertained as a firm principle, that when we have as great assurance that a thing is, as we could possibly, supposing it were, we ought not to make any doubt of its existence. John Tillotson.

    Tell false Edward, thy supposed king,
    That Lewis of France is sending over maskers. William Shakespeare.

    Let not my lord suppose that they have slain all the king’s sons; for Ammon only is slain. 2 Sa. xiii. 32.

    I suppose we should compel them to a quick result. John Milton.

    This supposeth something, without evident ground. Matthew Hale.

    One falshood always supposes another, and renders all you can say suspected. Female Quixote.


  1. suppose

    Supposition theory was a branch of medieval logic that was probably aimed at giving accounts of issues similar to modern accounts of reference, plurality, tense, and modality, within an Aristotelian context. Philosophers such as John Buridan, William of Ockham, William of Sherwood, Walter Burley, Albert of Saxony, and Peter of Spain were its principal developers. By the 14th century it seems to have drifted into at least two fairly distinct theories, the theory of "supposition proper", which included an "ampliation" and is much like a theory of reference, and the theory of "modes of supposition" whose intended function is not clear.


  1. suppose

    "Suppose" is a verb that typically means to assume something to be the case, often without sufficient proof or evidence, or as part of a proposition, hypothesis, or theory. It can also mean to suggest or consider something as a possibility.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Supposeverb

    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. Supposeverb

    to imagine; to believe; to receive as true

  3. Supposeverb

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

  4. Supposeverb

    to put by fraud in the place of another

  5. Supposeverb

    to make supposition; to think; to be of opinion

  6. Supposenoun


Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Suppose

    sup-pōz′, v.t. to lay down, assume, or state as true: to imagine.—adj. Suppō′sable, that may be supposed.—n. Suppō′sal (Shak.), supposition.—adj. Suppōsed′ (Shak.), counterfeit.—adv. Suppō′sedly, according to supposition.—ns. Suppō′ser; Supposi′tion, act of supposing: that which is supposed: assumption: presumption, opinion.—adj. Supposi′tional, implying supposition.—adv. Supposi′tionally.—adjs. Supposi′tionary, hypothetical; Suppos′itive, implying, expressing, or including a supposition.—adv. Suppos′itively.—ns. Suppos′itory (med.), a pill of any solid medicine in the form of a cone or cylinder intended for introduction into the rectum or other canal; Suppos′itum, that which is supposed; Suppō′sūre, supposition. [Fr. supposer—L. supponĕre, -positumsub, under, ponĕre, to place.]

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Suppose in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Suppose in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Suppose in a Sentence

  1. Avigdor Lieberman:

    We heard about it in the news. The terrorist organizations blame every assassination on Israel - we're used to that, the man was no saint and he didn't deal with improving infrastructure in Gaza - he was involved in improving rockets' accuracy ... We constantly see a settling of accounts between various factions in the terrorist organizations and I suppose that is what happened in this case.

  2. Suresh Raina:

    Bees are dying and countries are having shortages of pollinators, even in the United States, we thought, suppose if that disease occurred in Africa. What will happen to the food security system here?

  3. Aleister Crowley:

    It sometimes strikes me that the whole of science is a piece of impudence; that nature can afford to ignore our impertinent interference. If our monkey mischief should ever reach the point of blowing up the earth by decomposing an atom, and even annihilated the sun himself, I cannot really suppose that the universe would turn a hair.

  4. Adlai E. Jr. Stevenson:

    In America any boy may become President and I suppose it's just one of the risks he takes.

  5. Nancy Pelosi:

    Suppose … your child just decided they, at this time, [ did ] not want to go to college but you’re paying taxes to forgive somebody else’s obligations. You may not be happy about that.

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