suppose

If you suppose you love your girlfriend, you may not be too sure. Suppose means to guess, or think, or imagine something without absolute certainty. Best hold off on the engagement ring until you know for sure!

Suppose also has the meaning of assuming something hypothetical for the sake of argument. You might ask, "Suppose someone breaks in while I'm away?" Suppose also has the more technical (and often legal) sense of something you must take for granted if some other condition is to happen. Your theory might suppose the victim was home by 8:00. In this last sense, suppose introduces something that's a precondition.

DEFINITIONS OF: suppose

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v expect, believe, or suppose

Synonyms:
guess, imagine, opine, reckon, think
Types:
suspect
hold in suspicion; believe to be guilty
Type of:
anticipate, expect
regard something as probable or likely

v express a supposition

Synonyms:
say
Type of:
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

v to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds

“Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps”
Synonyms:
conjecture, hypothecate, hypothesise, hypothesize, speculate, theorise, theorize
Types:
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construct, reconstruct, retrace
reassemble mentally
develop, explicate, formulate
elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses
etymologise, etymologize
construct the history of words
mature
develop and work out fully in one's mind
redevelop, reformulate
formulate or develop again, of an improved theory or hypothesis
Type of:
anticipate, expect
regard something as probable or likely

v take for granted or as a given; suppose beforehand

Synonyms:
presuppose
Types:
posit, postulate
take as a given; assume as a postulate or axiom
premise, premiss
take something as preexisting and given
assert, insist
assert to be true
Type of:
assume, presume, take for granted
take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof

v require as a necessary antecedent or precondition

Synonyms:
presuppose
Type of:
imply
suggest as a logically necessary consequence; in logic
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