What does suppose mean?

Definitions for suppose
səˈpoʊzsup·pose

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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"

Wiktionary

  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.

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

    supposition

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 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

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Numerology

  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. James Cordwell:

    Atlantic Equities kind of raises question around whether there are a number of dormant subscribers in the space, i suppose the credibility of Netflix's excuse will be dependent on whether we hear more about this issue across earnings.

  2. Northrop Frye:

    Between religion's this is and poetry's but suppose this is, there must always be some kind of tension, until the possible and the actual meet at infinity.

  3. Joel Faxon:

    Judge Blawie is an excellent judge, he’s been a judge for a very long time, so there could be circumstances, I suppose, that merit a full sealing — but I’ll say it’s extraordinarily unusual.

  4. Aimee Teegarden:

    When I was a kid, I loved Lucile Ball, i just really wanted to emulate her, I suppose. My passion for acting and producing has just grown over the years.

  5. Edward Bulwer-Lytton:

    What a mistake to suppose that the passions are strongest in youth The passions are not stronger, but the control over them is weaker They are more easily excited, they are more violent and apparent but they have less energy, less durability, less intense and concentrated power than in the maturer life.

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