supposed

Definitions

  • OUR CAPTAIN IS ONE OF THE BEST, AND WE'RE READY TO FOLLOW HIM TO H--L.' I SUPPOSE HE MEANS THE HINDENBURG LINE
    OUR CAPTAIN IS ONE OF THE BEST, AND WE'RE READY TO FOLLOW HIM TO H--L.' I SUPPOSE HE MEANS THE HINDENBURG LINE
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj supposed based primarily on surmise rather than adequate evidence "theories about the extinction of dinosaurs are still highly conjectural","the supposed reason for his absence","suppositious reconstructions of dead languages","hypothetical situation"
    • adj supposed mistakenly believed "the supposed existence of ghosts"
    • adj supposed required or under orders "I'm supposed to be there at ten","he was supposed to go to the store"
    • adj supposed doubtful or suspect "these so-called experts are no help"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"I SUPPOSE I COULD SELL YOU, BILL" "I SUPPOSE I COULD SELL YOU, BILL"

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • 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
    • supposed Regarded or received as true; imagined; believed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It took over 4 years to film milo and otis to get the animals to do what they are suppose to.
    • adj Supposed (Shak.) counterfeit
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Quotations

  • Ezra Pound
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    “But the one thing you should. not do is to suppose that when something is wrong with the arts, it is wrong with the arts ONLY.”
  • Sharon Stone
    Sharon Stone
    “We Barbie dolls are not supposed to behave the way I do.”
  • Harry Emerson Fosdick
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    “Christians are supposed not merely to endure change, nor even to profit by it, but to cause it.”
  • Walt Whitman
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    “To die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier.”
  • Gore Vidal
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    “Democracy is supposed to give you the feeling of choice, like Painkiller X and Painkiller Y. But they're both just aspirin.”
  • T. S. Eliot
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    “I suppose some editors are failed writers; but so are most writers.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. supposer—L. supponĕre, -positumsub, under, ponĕre, to place.

Usage

In literature:

It isn't like any uniform that ever was known; I suppose it's Mlle.
"Prince Fortunatus" by William Black
I supposed I should be up here for two years more, you see.
"The Lee Shore" by Rose Macaulay
We will start with what is known as the Hindu problem, supposed to be upwards of three thousand years old.
"Amusements in Mathematics" by Henry Ernest Dudeney
He supposed it would require ten vessels, great and small.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
In her consternation she could only suppose he had dropped from the clouds.
"Elster's Folly" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Supposing there were not enough.
"Sally Bishop" by E. Temple Thurston
I suppose we shall go to the Alumbagh first, and relieve the force that has so long been shut up there.
"The Queen's Cup" by G. A. Henty
Doctor Meyer Isaacson's day's work was over at six, or was supposed to be over.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
I suppose it's not so bad with me in the country that my support will rob him of his chance!
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
I suppose he is coming home.
"A Crooked Path" by Mrs. Alexander
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In poetry:

They haven't got no noses,
The fallen sons of Eve;
Even the smell of roses
Is not what they supposes;
But more than mind discloses
And more than men believe.
"The Song of Quoodle" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Dearest, forgive that with my clumsy touch
I broke and bruised your rose.
I hardly could suppose
It were a thing so fragile that my clutch
Could kill it, thus.
"Stupidity" by Amy Lowell
One likes to show the truth for the truth;
That the woman was light is very true:
But suppose she says,—-Never mind that youth!
What wrong have I done to you?
"A Light Woman" by Robert Browning
"And haply thou hast never thought
To vex, or make me feel forsaken;
But, since to thee the thing was nought,
Supposed 'twould be as gaily taken,
As lightly brought.
"Kadisha; Or, The First Jealousy" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
But now they cannot find a place,
Among all those holes, for a nest any more.
It's the turn of lesser things, I suppose.
Once I fancied 'twas starlings they built it for.
"The Barn" by Edward Thomas
I suppose, when poetry comes down to facts,
When our souls are returned to the gods
And the spheres they belong in,
Here in the every-day where our acts
Rise up and judge us;
"Au Salon" by Ezra Pound

In news:

It wasn't supposed to be like this.
Before throwing more money at Wall Street, let's understand what our financial system was supposed to deliver, what it did deliver and what price it charged.
I suppose Christmas is an iffy time to bring up sex, what with the holiday being Immaculate and all.
African Americans are migrating to the South—and that's supposed to be a bad thing.
How am I supposed to know that you're high if you won't even dance.
Vaccines are supposed to protect our families from pain and suffering, plain and simple.
Friend of Tribune's Editor Was Supposed to Be On Ill-Fated Cruiseliner .
The re-entry vehicle was supposed to open its parachute.
What was supposed to be a Homecoming celebration turned into the Grand Junction Tigers worst nightmare.
Woman was supposed to deliver smuggled baby at Burger King.
0An Edinburg woman is behind bars after being arrested for smuggling a baby she was supposed to deliver to a local Burger King.
PULLMAN — The meeting with Mike Leach is supposed to be at 2.p.m.
Excessively high occupancy rates can cripple the businesses they're supposed to help.
There's a new growth hormone on the market that supposedly grows eyelashes .
And also the rain is forecast, tomorrow it is supposed to rain and especially Sunday so all the ...
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In science:

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A strictly stationary, "causal," 5-tuplewise independent counterexample to the central limit theorem
Suppose q = 2 and suppose φ and ˜φ have compact supports and generate an MRA with dilation A and scaling space V .
Frames generated by actions of countable discrete groups
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Definable Functions in Urysohn's Metric Space
Suppose that f : Un → U is an A-definable function, where n > 1, and suppose that the conclusion of Theorem 2.4 holds for definable functions of n − 1 variables.
Definable Functions in Urysohn's Metric Space
If, supposing (P1), the in finitesimal mean is not the same as the in finitesimal rate or if, supposing (P2), the in finites imal variance is not the same as the in finitesimal rate or the process is not in finitesimally equi-dispersed, then q (n, j) , 0 for some j ≥ 2, i.e., {N (t)} must be a compound process.
Compound Markov counting processes and their applications to modeling infinitesimally over-dispersed systems
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