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.