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suppose
WordNet 2.0
  • 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"
  • to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds
  • "Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps"
  • require as a necessary antecedent or precondition
  • "This step presupposes two prior ones"
  • take for granted or as a given
  • suppose beforehand
  • "I presuppose that you have done your work"
  • 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
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 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.

  • 1. To make supposition; to think; to be of opinion. Acts ii. 15.

  • 1. Supposition. [Obs.] Shak. "A base suppose that he is honest." Dryden.

 

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