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Definition of "suppose" []

  • To assume to be true or real for the sake of argument or explanation: Suppose we win the lottery. (verb-transitive)
  • To believe, especially on uncertain or tentative grounds: Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps. (verb-transitive)
  • To consider to be probable or likely: I suppose it will rain. (verb-transitive)
  • To imply as an antecedent condition; presuppose: "Patience must suppose pain” ( Samuel Johnson). (verb-transitive)
  • To consider as a suggestion: Suppose we dine together. (verb-transitive)
  • To presume (something) to be true without certain knowledge (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To consider as a possible suggestion for the sake of discussion, elucidation, etc; postulate (verb)
  • (of theories, propositions, etc) to imply the inference or assumption (of) (verb)

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Use "suppose" in a sentence
  • "“But suppose, Maggie, —suppose it was a man who was not conceited, who felt he had nothing to be conceited about; who had been marked from childhood for a peculiar kind of suffering, and to whom you were the day-star of his life; who loved you, worshipped you, so entirely that he felt it happiness enough for him if you would let him see you at rare moments——”15"
  • "They do not allege that they remember that (and yet as they themselves are, as they say, composed body and soul of this eternal fire mist, they ought to remember), but only that there are certain comets which occasionally come within fifty or sixty millions of miles of this earth, which they suppose may be composed of the fire mist which they _suppose_ this world is made of."
  • ""Faith," he said, "suppose (it is a very presumptuous supposition, but one may _suppose_ anything) suppose when my hands are free to take care of my Mignonette, that I should have the offer of two or three different gardens wherein to place her."