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Sup*pose" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Supposed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Supposing.] [F. supposer; pref. sub- under + poser to place; -- corresponding in meaning to L. supponere, suppositum, to put under, to substitute, falsify, counterfeit. See Pose.]


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.


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.


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.


To put by fraud in the place of another.


Syn. -- To imagine; believe; conclude; judge; consider; view; regard; conjecture; assume.


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Sup*pose" (?), v. i.

To make supposition; to think; to be of opinion.

Acts ii. 15.


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Sup*pose", n.


[Obs.] Shak. "A base suppose that he is honest."



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