sup·pose /səˈpoz, ||ˌ||ˌ ˈspoz/
Sup·pose v. t. [imp. & p. p. Supposed p. pr. & vb. n. Supposing.]
1. To represent to one's self, or state to another, not as true or real, but as if so, and with a view to some consequence or application which the reality would involve or admit of; to imagine or admit to exist, for the sake of argument or illustration; to assume to be true; as, let us suppose the earth to be the center of the system, what would be the result?
Suppose they take offence without a cause. --Shak.
When we have as great assurance that a thing is, as we could possibly, supposing it were, we ought not to make any doubt of its existence. --Tillotson.
2. To imagine; to believe; to receive as true.
How easy is a bush supposed a bear! --Shak.
Let not my lord suppose that they have slain all the young men, the king's sons; for Amnon only is dead. --2 Sam. xiii. 32.
3. To require to exist or to be true; to imply by the laws of thought or of nature; as, purpose supposes foresight.
One falsehood always supposes another, and renders all you can say suspected. --Female Quixote.
4. To put by fraud in the place of another. [Obs.]
Syn: -- To imagine; believe; conclude; judge; consider; view; regard; conjecture; assume.
Sup·pose v. i. To make supposition; to think; to be of opinion.
Sup·pose, n. Supposition. [Obs.] --Shak. “A base suppose that he is honest.”
v 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?" [syn: 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" [syn: think,
opine, imagine, reckon, guess]
3: to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds;
"Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps"
[syn: speculate, theorize, theorise, conjecture, hypothesize,
4: take for granted or as a given; suppose beforehand; "I
presuppose that you have done your work" [syn: presuppose]
5: require as a necessary antecedent or precondition; "This
step presupposes two prior ones" [syn: presuppose]