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Verb (transitive)


Verb suppose has 5 senses


supposev. t. [F. supposer; pref. sub- under + poser to place; -- corresponding in meaning to L. supponere, suppositum, to put under, to substitute, falsify, counterfeit. See Pose.].
  •  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?  [1913 Webster]
    "Suppose they take offence without a cause."  [1913 Webster]
    "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."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To imagine; to believe; to receive as true.  [1913 Webster]
    "How easy is a bush supposed a bear!"  [1913 Webster]
    "Let not my lord suppose that they have slain all the young men, the king's sons; for Amnon only is dead."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To require to exist or to be true; to imply by the laws of thought or of nature; as, purpose supposes foresight.  [1913 Webster]
    "One falsehood always supposes another, and renders all you can say suspected."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To put by fraud in the place of another.  [1913 Webster]
Syn. -- To imagine; believe; conclude; judge; consider; view; regard; conjecture; assume.
supposev. i. 
     To make supposition; to think; to be of opinion.  Acts ii. 15.  [1913 Webster]
     Supposition.  Dryden.  [1913 Webster]


suppose, v.tr. (often foll. by that + clause)
1 assume, esp. in default of knowledge; be inclined to think (I suppose they will return; what do you suppose he meant?).
2 take as a possibility or hypothesis (let us suppose you are right).
3 (in imper.) as a formula of proposal (suppose we go to the party).
4 (of a theory or result etc.) require as a condition (design in creation supposes a creator).
5 (in imper. or pres. part. forming a question) in the circumstances that; if (suppose he won't let you; supposing we stay).
6 (as supposed adj.) generally accepted as being so; believed (his supposed brother; generally supposed to be wealthy).
7 (in passive; foll. by to + infin.) a be expected or required (was supposed to write to you). b (with neg.) not have to; not be allowed to (you are not supposed to go in there).

I suppose so an expression of hesitant agreement.
supposable adj.
ME f. OF supposer (as SUB-, POSE(1))



account, account as, adjudge, adjudicate, allegorize, allow, allude to, assume, be afraid, be judicious, believe, bring to mind, coin, conceit, conceive, conceptualize, conclude, concoct, conjecture, connote, consider, count, create, daresay, deduce, deem, divine, dream, dream up, entail, esteem, estimate, exercise judgment, expect, experience imaginatively, express an opinion, fabricate, fancy, fantasize, feel, fictionalize, form an opinion, gather, grant, guess, hatch, have a hunch, have an idea, have an impression, have an inkling, have the idea, hint, hold, hold as, hypothesize, ideate, imagine, implicate, imply, import, infer, insinuate, intimate, invent, involve, judge, let, let be, look upon as, maintain, mean, mean to say, mold, opine, originate, perhaps, pine, point indirectly to, posit, postulate, prefigure, presume, presuppose, presurmise, pretend, produce, provisionally accept, reckon, regard, repute, say, set down as, shape, speculation, suggest, supposition, surmise, suspect, take, take for, take for granted, take it, take to be, theorize, think, think likely, think of, think up, trow, understand, venture to say, view as, ween




VB suppose, conjecture, surmise, suspect, guess, divine, theorize, presume, presurmise, presuppose, assume, fancy, wis, take it, give a guess, speculate, believe, dare say, take it into one's head, take for granted, imagine, put forth, propound, propose, start, put a case, submit, move, make a motion, hazard out, throw out a suggestion, put forward a suggestion, put forward conjecture, allude to, suggest, hint, put it into one's head, suggest itself, run in the head, marvel if, wonder if, wonder whether.

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