- 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.
transitive verbsupposed, supposing
- 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 of supposeMiddle English supposen ; from Middle French supposer, to suppose, imagine, altered (infl. by poser: see pose) ; from Medieval Latin supponere, to suppose, assume ; from Classical Latin to put under, substitute ; from sub-, sub- + ponere: see position
verbsup·posed, sup·pos·ing, sup·pos·es
- 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 of supposeMiddle 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.
(third-person singular simple present supposes, present participle supposing, simple past and past participle supposed)
- 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.
- To theorize or hypothesize.
- I suppose we all agree that this is the best solution.
- To imagine; to believe; to receive as true.
- To require to exist or to be true; to imply by the laws of thought or of nature.
- Purpose supposes foresight.
- To put by fraud in the place of another.