- To suppose is to assume something without conviction or to assume something without full understanding or knowledge.
- An example of suppose is when you agree to go to a party you don't really want to attend by saying you guess you will go.
- An example of suppose is when you put forth a possible theory that hasn't been confirmed.
suppose definition by Webster's New World
- to assume to be true, as for the sake of argument or to illustrate a proof: suppose A equals B
- to believe, think, guess, etc.: I suppose you're right
- presuppose (sense )
- to consider as a proposed or suggested possibility: used in the imperative: suppose they don't come
- to expect or obligate: always in the passive: you're supposed to telephone
Origin: Middle English supposen ; from Middle French supposer, to suppose, imagine, altered (infl. by poser: see pose) ; from Midieval Latin supponere, to suppose, assume ; from Classical Latin to put under, substitute ; from sub-, sub- plush ponere: see position
suppose definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb sup·posed, sup·pos·ing, sup·pos·es verb, transitive
- To assume to be true or real for the sake of argument or explanation: Suppose we win the lottery.
- a. To believe, especially on uncertain or tentative grounds: Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps.b. To consider to be probable or likely: I suppose it will rain.
- To imply as an antecedent condition; presuppose: “Patience must suppose pain” (Samuel Johnson).
- To consider as a suggestion: Suppose we dine together.
Origin: Middle English supposen, from Old French supposer, alteration (influenced by poser, to place) of Medieval Latin suppōnere, from Latin, to put under : sub-, sub- + pōnere, to place; see apo- in Indo-European roots.