sup|pose [ sə`pouz ] verb transitive ***
1. ) to believe that something is probably true, based on your experience, your knowledge, and any other information that you have:
She was about 35, Dexter supposed.
The game was not as one-sided as we had supposed.
suppose (that): I suppose she must be delighted about getting the job.
Scientists can only suppose that the illness is caused by a virus.
be popularly/commonly/generally etc. supposed (=many people believe it is true): Older people can learn much more quickly than is commonly supposed.
reason to suppose (that): We have no reason to suppose that he's done anything illegal.
There was good reason to suppose that she had left the country.
suppose someone to be something: She was accompanied by a man whom we supposed to be her husband.
a ) to think that something is possible, although you do not definitely know if it is:
suppose (that): I suppose we could afford a new car.
You don't suppose that he's going to hurt anyone, do you?
b ) to think that something is true or right, although you are not very happy about this:
suppose (that): I suppose I had better get back to work.
Sarah supposed that she could stay with her parents if all else failed.
2. ) FORMAL to expect that something is true or will happen: ASSUME:
suppose (that): The law supposes that parents know what is best for their children.
3. ) SPOKEN used in expressions such as I suppose you think that's funny! when you want to show that you are angry with someone:
I suppose you realize you've ruined the carpet?
be supposed to do/be something
1. ) to be expected to behave in a particular way, especially according to a rule, an agreement, or someone in authority:
You're supposed to make a copy of the contract before you mail it.
Am I supposed to be at the meeting on Tuesday?
This isn't what we're supposed to be discussing.
2. ) to be generally expected or considered to have a particular quality or skill:
Latin America is supposed to be a pretty inexpensive place to travel.
This restaurant is supposed to make excellent salads.
3. ) to be expected or intended to happen in a particular way or have a particular result:
The new regulations are supposed to help single parents.
Today was supposed to have been sunny, but it's raining.
I don't suppose SPOKEN
1. ) used as a polite way of making a request or asking a question, when you are not sure that you will get a positive answer:
I don't suppose you'd be willing to take me to the airport?
I don't suppose you know her phone number, do you?
2. ) used for saying that something is unlikely:
I don't suppose we'll ever be rich.
I suppose (so) SPOKEN
1. ) used for showing that you mainly agree with something but you have some doubts about it:
I think their new building is really impressive. Well, I suppose so.
2. ) used when you agree to do something but you are not completely willing or enthusiastic about it:
Could you loan me £50? Yes, I suppose.
let us suppose
used for telling someone to imagine that something is true, so that you can discuss a possible situation or its results:
Let us suppose that we could live anywhere we want.
suppose/supposing (that)
1. ) used for introducing a possible situation or action and the results of it:
Suppose you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
2. ) used for suggesting something:
Hey, suppose we stop for a lunch break now?
what's that supposed to mean? SPOKEN
used when you are annoyed or offended by something that someone has just said:
I just assumed you wouldn't know. Well, what's that supposed to mean?
who/what/where etc. do you suppose? SPOKEN
used for asking someone what they think about something:
Why do you suppose he's so angry?
What do you suppose will happen now?

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • supposé — supposé, ée [ sypoze ] adj. • attesté XVIIe; de supposer 1 ♦ Admis comme hypothèse. Considéré comme probable. Le nombre supposé des victimes. L auteur supposé du vol. ⇒ présumé. Père supposé. ⇒ putatif. L auteur supposé d un livre. ⇒ prétendu. 2… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • supposé — supposé, ée (su pô zé, zée) part. passé de supposer. 1°   Posé pour hypothèse. Ce fait supposé vrai.    Cela supposé, dans cette supposition.    Supposé (invariable), en supposant. •   Je montre aux premiers que, supposé l exemple des saints,… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • suppose — [sə pōz′] vt. supposed, supposing [ME supposen < MFr supposer, to suppose, imagine, altered (infl. by poser: see POSE1) < ML supponere, to suppose, assume < L, to put under, substitute < sub ,SUB + ponere: see POSITION] 1. to assume… …   English World dictionary

  • Suppose — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Suppose — Sup*pose , n. Supposition. [Obs.] Shak. A base suppose that he is honest. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • suppose — suppose, supposing Both words are used as quasi conjunctions to introduce an assumption or hypothesis: • Suppose the guards were more alert, security measures more effective R. Ludlum, 1978 • Supposing there s a change of venue CNN news… …   Modern English usage

  • suppose — [v1] assume, guess accept, admit, brainstorm, calculate, conjecture, cook up*, dare say*, deem, divine, dream, estimate, expect, figure, go out on a limb*, grant, guesstimate*, hazard a guess*, hypothesize, imagine, infer, judge, opine, posit,… …   New thesaurus

  • Suppose — Sup*pose , v. i. To make supposition; to think; to be of opinion. Acts ii. 15. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • suppose — I verb allude to, anticipate, assume, believe, be of the opinion, calculate, conceive, conclude, conjecture, consider, deduce, deduct, deem, estimate, expect, feel, gather, gauge, generalize, guess, hint, hypothesize, imagine, imply, infer,… …   Law dictionary

  • suppose — early 14c., to assume as the basis of argument, from O.Fr. supposer to assume, probably a replacement of *suppondre (influenced by O.Fr. poser put, place ), from L. supponere put or place under, from sub under + ponere put, place (see POSITION… …   Etymology dictionary

  • supposé — Supposé, [suppos]ée. part …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

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