- 1 [with clause] Assume that something is the case on the basis of evidence or probability but without proof or certain knowledge: I suppose I got there about half past elevenMore example sentences
assume, presume, expect, dare say, take it (as read); believe, think, fancy, suspect, sense, trust; guess, surmise, reckon, conjecture, deduce, infer, gather• formal opineapparent, ostensible, seeming, alleged, putative, reputed, rumored, claimed, purported; professed, declared, assumed, presumed
- You could make arguments on this basis, I suppose, on either side.
- I'm shocked that it has come to this but I suppose the evidence has been there for a long time that this day would come.
- I suppose she assumed I would bust into tears again at any moment.
- 1.1Used to make a reluctant or hesitant admission: I’m quite a good actress, I supposeMore example sentences
- If I were a real die-hard, there'd be no hesitation, I suppose; I don't love any popular icon that much.
- I suppose I better leave it here tonight and let sleep work on it.
- I suppose in a way it's easier for women than for men.
- 1.2Used to introduce a hypothesis and trace or ask about what follows from it: suppose he had been murdered—what then?More example sentences
- Suppose that adoption has never previously been practised in our society, and suppose that someone proposes introducing it.
- To take a hypothetical case, suppose that, on day one, an unlawful trading activity starts which is not disclosed or prevented as a result of the defendant's negligence.
- Finally, suppose that we hypothesize that there are races, and that the correct racial classification has a certain form.
- 1.3 [in imperative] Used to introduce a suggestion: suppose we leave this to the policeMore example sentences
- First, suppose we are conducting an appraisal of a policy to introduce a tax on nitrogen fertilizers to reduce nitrate pollution in sensitive lakes and rivers.
- Now suppose for a moment that tomorrow the Bush administration made a dramatic shift in its foreign policy.
- 1.4(Of a theory or argument) assume or require that something is the case as a precondition: the procedure supposes that a will has already been proved [with object]: the theory supposes a predisposition to interpret utterancesMore example sentences
- The theory supposes that, while different people can possess some different beliefs about race, they share certain criterial beliefs and these serve to define the concept.
- Rational-actor theory supposes that we make decisions by calm, essentially mathematical calculation of our own self-interest.
- Presentism and the growing-past theories must suppose that this event is both real and unreal because it's real for A but not real for B.
- 2 (be supposed to do something) Be required to do something because of the position one is in or an agreement one has made: I’m supposed to be meeting someone at the airportMore example sentences
meant, intended, expected; required, obliged
- I thought these sessions were supposed to have a positive effect, if anything.
- Shawn pulled up to the abandoned building where the gang meeting was supposed to be.
- The consulting contract is supposed to reflect a meeting of the minds between the parties.
- 2.1 [with negative] Be forbidden to do something: I shouldn’t have been in the kitchen—I’m not supposed to go in thereMore example sentences
- In iconography and metaphor, women figured as symbols of knowledge, or as the object of knowledge, but in practical terms, they were not supposed to conduct scientific investigation themselves.
- We saw glimpses of this in the 1980s with the invention of the fax machine, which more or less removed the mass media's ability to bury a story that the people were not supposed to know about.
- Women were not supposed to work outside the home.
I suppose so
- Used to express hesitant or reluctant agreement.More example sentences
- ‘Um, I suppose so,’ he answers, a bit uncertain.
- ‘I'd never really thought about it that way,’ said Brother Daniel, ‘but I suppose so, yes.’
- Um, I suppose so, though I haven't made any plans.
Middle English: from Old French supposer, from Latin supponere (from sub- 'from below' + ponere 'to place'), but influenced by Latin suppositus 'set under' and Old French poser 'to place'.