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SUPPOSE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does suppose mean? 

SUPPOSE (verb)
  The verb SUPPOSE has 5 senses:

1. express a supposition
2. expect, believe, or suppose
3. to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds
4. take for granted or as a given; suppose beforehand
5. require as a necessary antecedent or precondition

  Familiarity information: SUPPOSE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


SUPPOSE (verb)


Sense 1suppose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Express a supposition

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

suppose; say

Context examples:

Let us say that he did not tell the truth / Let's say you had a lot of money--what would you do?

Hypernyms (to "suppose" is one way to...):

speculate (talk over conjecturally, or review in an idle or casual way and with an element of doubt or without sufficient reason to reach a conclusion)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Sentence example:

They suppose that there was a traffic accident


Sense 2suppose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Expect, believe, or suppose

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

guess; reckon; imagine; opine; suppose; think

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "suppose" is one way to...):

anticipate; expect (regard something as probable or likely)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "suppose"):

suspect (hold in suspicion; believe to be guilty)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 3suppose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

theorize; theorise; speculate; hypothesize; hypothesise; conjecture; hypothecate; suppose

Context example:

Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps

Hypernyms (to "suppose" is one way to...):

anticipate; expect (regard something as probable or likely)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "suppose"):

construct; reconstruct; retrace (reassemble mentally)

develop; explicate; formulate (elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 4suppose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take for granted or as a given; suppose beforehand

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

presuppose; suppose

Context example:

I presuppose that you have done your work

Hypernyms (to "suppose" is one way to...):

assume; presume; take for granted (take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "suppose"):

posit; postulate (take as a given; assume as a postulate or axiom)

premise; premiss (take something as preexisting and given)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 5suppose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Require as a necessary antecedent or precondition

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

presuppose; suppose

Context example:

This step presupposes two prior ones

Hypernyms (to "suppose" is one way to...):

imply (suggest as a logically necessary consequence; in logic)

Domain category:

logic (the branch of philosophy that analyzes inference)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


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