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Meaning & Definition of Suppose in English





1. 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?"
  • suppose,
  • say

2. 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"
  • think,
  • opine,
  • suppose,
  • imagine,
  • reckon,
  • guess

3. To believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds

  • "Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps"
  • speculate,
  • theorize,
  • theorise,
  • conjecture,
  • hypothesize,
  • hypothesise,
  • hypothecate,
  • suppose

4. Take for granted or as a given

  • Suppose beforehand
  • "I presuppose that you have done your work"
  • presuppose,
  • suppose

5. Require as a necessary antecedent or precondition

  • "This step presupposes two prior ones"
  • presuppose,
  • suppose

Examples of using

I suppose I could wait a little bit longer.
You work in an office? I suppose most people do, don't they? Is it fun? No? Oh well.
"Professor, I suppose I think you ought not but may!" "Why, I think you may but ought not." "So what then?" "Nothing."