• (British) IPA: /səˈpəʊz/, [səˈpʰəʊz]
  • (America) IPA: /səˈpoʊz/, [səˈpʰoʊz]
    • (British) IPA: /ˈspəʊz/, [ˈspəʊz]
    • (America) IPA: /ˈspoʊz/, [ˈspoʊz]

suppose (supposes, present participle supposing; past and past participle supposed)

  1. (transitive) 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.
  2. (transitive) To theorize or hypothesize.
    I suppose we all agree that this is the best solution.
  3. (transitive) To imagine; to believe; to receive as true.
    • c. 1595–1596, William Shakespeare, “A Midsommer Nights Dreame”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene i]:
      How easy is a bush supposed a bear!
    • Bible, 2 Books of Samuel xiii. 32
      Let not my lord suppose that they have slain all the young men, the king's sons; for Amnon only is dead.
    • 1915, G[eorge] A. Birmingham [pseudonym; James Owen Hannay], chapter I, in Gossamer, New York, N.Y.: George H. Doran Company, OCLC 5661828 ↗:
      As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish, […]. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. […] I do not suppose that it matters much in reality whether laws are made by dukes or cornerboys, but I like, as far as possible, to associate with gentlemen in private life.
  4. (transitive) To require to exist or to be true; to imply by the laws of thought or of nature.
    Purpose supposes foresight.
    • 1752, Charlotte Lennox, The Female Quixote
      One falsehood always supposes another, and renders all you can say suspected.
  5. (transitive) To put by fraud in the place of another.
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