• WordNet 3.6
    • v suppose 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"
    • v suppose to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds "Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps"
    • v suppose require as a necessary antecedent or precondition "This step presupposes two prior ones"
    • v suppose take for granted or as a given; suppose beforehand "I presuppose that you have done your work"
    • v suppose 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?"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The expression "Tying the Knot" comes from an old Roman custom where the brides clothes were tied up all in knots and the groom was supposed to untie the knots
    • n Suppose Supposition. "A base suppose that he is honest."
    • Suppose To imagine; to believe; to receive as true. "How easy is a bush supposed a bear!""Let not my lord suppose that they have slain all the young men, the king's sons; for Amnon only is dead."
    • v. i Suppose To make supposition; to think; to be of opinion.
    • Suppose To put by fraud in the place of another.
    • Suppose 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? "Suppose they take offence without a cause.""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."
    • Suppose To require to exist or to be true; to imply by the laws of thought or of nature; as, purpose supposes foresight. "One falsehood always supposes another, and renders all you can say suspected."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It took over 4 years to film milo and otis to get the animals to do what they are suppose to.
    • suppose To infer hypothetically; conceive a state of things, and dwell upon the idea (at least for a moment) with an inclination to believe it true, due to the agreement of its consequences with observed fact, but not free from doubt.
    • suppose To make a hypothesis; formulate a proposition without reference to its being true or false, with a view of tracing out its consequences. To suppose in this sense is not to imagine merely, since it is an act of abstract thought, and many things can be supposed (as the imaginary points of the geometricians) which cannot be imagined; indeed, anything can be supposed to which we can attach a definite meaning—that is, which we can imagine in every feature to become a matter of practical interest—and which involves no contradiction. Moreover, to suppose is to set up a proposition in order to trace its consequences, while imagining involves no such ulterior purpose.
    • suppose To assume as true without reflection; presume; opine; believe.
    • suppose To imply; involve as a further proposition or consequence; proceed from, as from a hypothesis.
    • suppose To put, as one thing by fraud in the place of another. Synonyms Expect, Suppose (see expect, v. t.), conclude, judge, apprehend.
    • suppose To make or form a supposition; think; imagine.
    • n suppose Supposition; presumption; conjecture; opinion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe died on July 4th. Adams and Jefferson died in the same year. Supposedly, Adams last words were "Thomas Jefferson survives."
    • v.t Suppose sup-pōz′ to lay down, assume, or state as true: to imagine
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  • Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
    “It is commonly supposed that the art of pleasing is a wonderful aid in the pursuit of fortune; but the art of being bored is infinitely more successful.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Look a man in the eye and say what you really think, don't just smile at him and say what you're supposed to think.”
  • John Steinbeck
    “No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “Suppose the world were only one of God's jokes, would you work any the less to make it a good joke instead of a bad one?”
  • Charles Lamb
    “Lawyers I suppose were children once.”
  • Kelsey Grammer
    Kelsey Grammer
    “Life is supposed to get tough.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. supposer,; pref. sub-, under + poser, to place; -- corresponding in meaning to L. supponere, suppositum, to put under, to substitute, falsify, counterfeit. See Pose
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. supposer—L. supponĕre, -positumsub, under, ponĕre, to place.


In literature:

Adelaide was a child then, I suppose.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
What do you suppose Madame de Chevreuse will have done with those letters, for you refused them, I suppose?
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
Animal magnetism, I suppose.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
They are a people mentioned by Solinus and Isidorus, and by them are supposed to have had the teeth of dogs.
"A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume II. (of VI.)" by Jacob Bryant
I suppose Ballymoy isn't much changed.
"The Simpkins Plot" by George A. Birmingham
I suppose it must seem strange to you that I should like writing letters: and indeed I don't know that I do like it in general.
"Letters of Edward FitzGerald in two volumes, Vol. 1" by Edward FitzGerald
That's why she's coming over, I suppose.
"Jill the Reckless" by P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
I do not suppose, or wish, that you should make over to me all these Drawings, which I suppose are the originals from which the Wood was cut.
"Letters of Edward FitzGerald in Two Volumes Vol. II" by Edward FitzGerald
Suppose they lost their way in New York?
"Left End Edwards" by Ralph Henry Barbour
I'm confusing it with something else, I suppose.
"Tristram of Blent" by Anthony Hope

In poetry:

But say, should heaven bring no relief;
Suppose our sun should never rise;
Why, then, what's due to such a grief
We've paid already with our eyes.
"Songs Set To Music: 4. Set" by Matthew Prior
Suppose she should refuse her hand?
Such thoughts will come, I know not why;
Shall I, without a wife or land,
Want an old horse? then wherefore buy?
"Abner And The Widow Jones" by Robert Bloomfield
They are crying a new rose for Eden,
A rose of green glass. I suppose
The only thing wrong with their rose is
The fact that it isn't a rose.
Who'll buy?
"Fashions" by Alfred Noyes
There liv'd an Old Woman at Lynn,
Whose Nose very near touch'd her chin,
You may easy suppose,
She had plenty of Beaux;
This charming Old Woman of Lynn.
"Limericks: The History of Sixteen Wonderful Old Women" by Anonymous British
When I spoke to you I suppose I spoke.
To you when I spoke I spoke I suppose.
I spoke I suppose when I spoke to you.
I suppose I spoke to you when I spoke.
"Dum" by Ozdemir Asaf
Prince, I warn you, under the rose,
Time is the thief you cannot banish.
These are my daughters, I suppose.
But where in the world did the children vanish?
"Sunday Poetry: Ballade of Lost Objects" by Phyllis McGinley

In news:

Supposed to go to a Tea in his honor, yes.
Jesse Bernhardt 's football career at Lake Brantley High in Florida was supposed to have ended midway through his senior year in 2008.
Keep that in mind as you read the following article supposedly written by an analytical White bigot .
Spokespeople are supposed to help candidates out of tight spots.
I would like to make three points about their theme and the supposed answer they wish you to use.
A teenager's 16th birthday is supposed to be a sweet celebration.
One card is supposed to work on buses, ferries and trains.
Erie Boulevard in Schenectady is supposed to be completely re-done between State Street and I-890.
I suppose you'd argue with that, but what would you say.
I know that, as a feminist, I am not supposed to like Caitlin Flanagan because she has made gender essentialism fashionable again.
The supposed palace of King David has been uncovered in Jerusalem, but other scholars are saying the find is being used as a political tool.
Democracy isn't supposed to be easy.
And even though it was supposed to be an annual contest, White says his hotel is the only one ever bestowed with the title.
Supposedly a little bit of oil doesn't matter, except when it does.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Weather scientists are dissecting a western Pacific Ocean typhoon that drove home the warning "never say never" by occurring where such storms aren't supposed to happen.

In science:

Suppose we adopt general diagonal coordinates, and suppose that {ζ (r), B (r), R(r)} represents a perfect fluid sphere.
Buchdahl-like transformations for perfect fluid spheres
Arguing by contradiction suppose Y2 is not a component domain of this latter path, or if it is, suppose Y2 ≺t Y1 .
Coarse and synthetic Weil-Petersson geometry: quasi-flats, geodesics, and relative hyperbolicity
Suppose that for some τ ∈ (0, T ) inf 0≤t≤T |x(t) − a|2 = |x(τ ) − a|2 , and, moreover, suppose that τ is the only point where the infimum is attained.
Integral curves of noisy vector fields and statistical problems in diffusion tensor imaging: nonparametric kernel estimation and hypotheses testing
It suffices to show that P is a Sylow ◦ (P ), or in other words we may suppose that H normalizes P . U0,r -subgroup of NH In this case, replacing H by H/P , we may suppose that P = 1.
Minimal connected simple groups of finite Morley rank with strongly embedded subgroups
Given N , n, k ≥ 1, let A ∈ eSn have an S (N )-approximant S ⊂ Kn × Kk + , and suppose Y is an (n − 1)dimensional affine subset of Kn ; suppose further that ˚A ∩ Y =
Definably complete and Baire structures and Pfaffian closure