Definitions for: Suppose


[v] 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] to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds; "Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps."
[v] 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?"



Webster (1913) Definition: Sup*pose", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Supposed; p. pr. &
vb. n. Supposing.] [F. supposer; pref. sub- under + poser
to place; -- corresponding in meaning to L. supponere,
suppositum, to put under, to substitute, falsify,
counterfeit. See Pose.]
1. 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. --Shak.

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. --Tillotson.

2. To imagine; to believe; to receive as true.

How easy is a bush supposed a bear! --Shak.

Let not my lord suppose that they have slain all the
young men, the king's sons; for Amnon only is dead.
--2 Sam. xiii.
32.

3. 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. --Female
Quixote.

4. To put by fraud in the place of another. [Obs.]

Syn: To imagine; believe; conclude; judge; consider; view;
regard; conjecture; assume.


Sup*pose", v. i.
To make supposition; to think; to be of opinion. --Acts ii.
15.


Sup*pose", n.
Supposition. [Obs.] --Shak. ``A base suppose that he is
honest.'' --Dryden.

Synonyms: conjecture, guess, hypothecate, hypothesise, hypothesize, imagine, opine, reckon, say, speculate, theorise, theorize, think

See Also: anticipate, construct, develop, divine, expect, explicate, formulate, reconstruct, retrace, speculate, suspect

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