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suppose

verb

  1. (say)  to express a supposition
    Synonyms: say. Type of: speculate
  2. (think)  to expect, believe, or suppose
    Synonyms: guess, imagine, opine, reckon, think, trow [archaic], ween [archaic]. Type of: expect
  3. (theorize)  to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds
    Synonyms: conjecture, hypothecate, hypothesise [British spelling], hypothesize [American/Canadian...
  4. (assume)  to take for granted or as a given; to suppose beforehand
    Synonyms: presuppose. Type of: assume
  5. (system of logic)  to require as a necessary antecedent or precondition
    Synonyms: presuppose. Topic: system of logic. Type of: imply

Etymology summary

"to assume as the basis of argument", from Old French supposer "to assume",...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Supposition theory

a branch of medieval logic that was probably aimed at giving accounts of issues similar to modern accounts of reference, plurality, tense, and modality, within an Aristotelian context. Philosophers such as John Buridan, William of Ockham, William of ... (38 of 1836 words)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

suppose [transitive] | supposed [past tense] | supposing [present participle] | supposes [3rd-person singular present] | be supposed to do/be something | I don't suppose | I suppose so | let us suppose | suppose/supposing that | ...

to believe that something is probably true, based on your experience, your ... | [formal] to expect that something is true or will happen | [spoken] ... (24 of 617 words, 17 definitions, 32 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/suppose

Collins Dictionary:

suppose | postulate [synonym, sense-specific] | supposable [adjective, derived]

to presume (something) to be true without certain knowledge | to consider as a possible suggestion for the sake of discussion, elucidation, etc; ... (22 of 440 words, 3 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/suppose

Oxford Dictionary:

suppose | be supposed to do something | I suppose so | supposable [derived]

[with clause] : think or assume that something is true or probable but lack proof or certain knowledge | used to make a suggestion or a hesitant ... (26 of 241 words, 7 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/suppose

Merriam-Webster:

suppose | supposed [past tense] | supposing [present participle] | conceive [synonym, sense-specific] | presuppose [synonym, sense-specific] | conjecture [synonym, sense-specific] | believe [synonym, sense-specific] | opine [synonym, sense-specific] | imagine [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to lay down tentatively as a hypothesis, assumption, or proposal ; to hold as an opinion; "believe" ; to think probable or in keeping with the facts | ... (27 of 207 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/suppose

Cambridge Dictionary:

suppose [entry 1]

to think that something is likely to be true | [+ (that)] used in making polite requests | [+ (that)] used to show that you think something is so, ... (27 of 204 words, 5 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/suppose 1

suppose [entry 2, formal]

to expect and need (4 of 33 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/suppose 2

suppose [entry 3] | supposing

used at the beginning of a sentence or clause to mean 'what would happen if' (15 of 49 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/suppose 3

Random House Dictionary:

suppose | supposed [past tense] | supposing [present participle]

to assume (something), as for the sake of argument or as part of a proposition or theory. | to consider (something) as a possibility suggested or an ... (26 of 136 words, 7 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/suppose

American Heritage Dictionary:

suppose | supposed [past tense] | supposing [present participle] | supposes [3rd-person singular present]

To assume to be true or real for the sake of argument or explanation | To believe, especially on uncertain or tentative grounds | To consider to be ... (26 of 116 words, 6 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/suppose

New World Dictionary:

suppose | supposed [past tense] | supposing [present participle] | supposable [adjective, related] | supposably [adverb, related] | supposer [noun, related]

to assume to be true, as for the sake of argument or to illustrate a proof | to believe, think, guess, etc. | "presuppose" (specific sense) | to ... (25 of 109 words, 6 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/suppose

Wiktionary:

suppose | supposed [past tense] | supposing [present participle] | supposes [3rd-person singular present] | assume [1, 2, synonym, sense-specific]

[transitive] To take for granted; to conclude, with less than absolute supporting data; to believe. | [transitive] To theorize or hypothesize. (20 of 35 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/suppose

Encarta Dictionary:

suppose | supposed [past tense] | supposing [present participle] | supposes [3rd-person singular present]

to believe or imagine something to be the case | to consider or imagine something to be a possibility | to require something as a precondition | used ... (25 of 300 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861717147​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

suppose

First use: early 14th century

Origin: "to assume as the basis of argument", from Old French supposer "to assume", probably a replacement of *suppondre (influenced by Old ... (24 of 54 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

suppose | supposed [past tense] | supposing [present participle]

Origin: Middle English supposen from Middle French supposer, to suppose, imagine, altered (influenced by poser: see "pose") from Medieval ... (18 of 35 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

suppose | supposed [past tense] | supposing [present participle] | supposes [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English supposen, from Old French supposer, alteration (influenced by poser, to place) of Medieval Latin ... (16 of 32 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

suppose | be supposed to do something

Origin: Middle English: from Old French supposer, from Latin supponere (from sub- "from below" + ponere "to place"), but ... (18 of 29 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/suppose

Merriam-Webster:

suppose | supposed [past tense] | supposing [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French supposer, from Medieval Latin supponere (perfect indicative supposui), from Latin, to put ... (18 of 25 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/suppose

Wiktionary:

suppose | supposed [past tense] | supposing [present participle] | supposes [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: French supposer; prefix sub- under + poser to place; - corresponding in meaning to Latin supponere, suppositum, to put under, to substitute, falsify, counterfeit. See pose.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/suppose

Collins Dictionary:

suppose

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Old French supposer, from Medieval Latin suppōnere, from Latin: to substitute, from sub- + pōnere to put

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/suppose

Encarta Dictionary:

suppose | supposed [past tense] | supposing [present participle] | supposes [3rd-person singular present]

First use: 14th century

Origin: French supposer, alteration of Latin supponere after French poser "to place"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861717147​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

suppose | supposed [past tense] | supposing [present participle] | supposes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "suppose"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

suppose [transitive] | supposed [past tense] | supposing [present participle] | supposes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "suppose"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

suppose [transitive] | supposed [past tense] | supposing [present participle] | supposes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "suppose"

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Collins Dictionary:

suppose

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Cambridge Dictionary:

suppose [entry 1]

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the Free Dictionary:

suppose

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Google Dictionary:

suppose | supposed [past tense] | supposing [present participle] | supposes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "suppose"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

suppose

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YourDictionary Audio:

suppose

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freedictionary.org:

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