American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To assume to be true or real for the sake of argument or explanation: Suppose we win the lottery.
- v. To believe, especially on uncertain or tentative grounds: Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps.
- v. To consider to be probable or likely: I suppose it will rain.
- v. To imply as an antecedent condition; presuppose: "Patience must suppose pain” ( Samuel Johnson).
- v. To consider as a suggestion: Suppose we dine together.
- v. To imagine; conjecture.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To infer hypothetically; conceive a state of things, and dwell upon the idea (at least for a moment) with an inclination to believe it true, due to the agreement of its consequences with observed fact, but not free from doubt.
- To make a hypothesis; formulate a proposition without reference to its being true or false, with a view of tracing out its consequences. To suppose in this sense is not to imagine merely, since it is an act of abstract thought, and many things can be supposed (as the imaginary points of the geometricians) which cannot be imagined; indeed, anything can be supposed to which we can attach a definite meaning—that is, which we can imagine in every feature to become a matter of practical interest—and which involves no contradiction. Moreover, to suppose is to set up a proposition in order to trace its consequences, while imagining involves no such ulterior purpose.
- To assume as true without reflection; presume; opine; believe.
- To imply; involve as a further proposition or consequence; proceed from, as from a hypothesis.
- To put, as one thing by fraud in the place of another. Synonyms Expect, Suppose (see
expect, v. t.), conclude, judge, apprehend.
- To make or form a supposition; think; imagine.
- n. Supposition; presumption; conjecture; opinion.
- v. transitive To take for granted; to conclude, with less than absolute supporting data; to believe.
- v. transitive To theorize or hypothesize.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. 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
supposethe earth to be the center of the system, what would be the result?
- v. To imagine; to believe; to receive as true.
- v. To require to exist or to be true; to imply by the laws of thought or of nature.
- v. obsolete To put by fraud in the place of another.
- v. To make supposition; to think; to be of opinion.
- n. obsolete Supposition.
- v. require as a necessary antecedent or precondition
- v. express a supposition
- v. to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds
- v. take for granted or as a given; suppose beforehand
- v. expect, believe, or suppose
- French supposer; prefix sub- under + poser to place; - corresponding in meaning to Latin supponere, suppositum, to put under, to substitute, falsify, counterfeit. See pose. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English supposen, from Old French supposer, alteration (influenced by poser, to place) of Medieval Latin suppōnere, from Latin, to put under : sub-, sub- + pōnere, to place. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But suppose, Maggie, suppose it was a man who was not conceited, who felt he had nothing to be conceited about; who had been marked from childhood for a peculiar kind of suffering, and to whom you were the day-star of his life; who loved you, worshipped you, so entirely that he felt it happiness enough for him if you would let him see you at rare moments15”
“They do not allege that they remember that (and yet as they themselves are, as they say, composed body and soul of this eternal fire mist, they ought to remember), but only that there are certain comets which occasionally come within fifty or sixty millions of miles of this earth, which they suppose may be composed of the fire mist which they _suppose_ this world is made of.”
“Faith," he said, "suppose (it is a very presumptuous supposition, but one may _suppose_ anything) suppose when my hands are free to take care of my Mignonette, that I should have the offer of two or three different gardens wherein to place her.”
“We've been to the Rue du Cavalier Barnard again to-day,' he says, 'which I suppose is French for Barnard's-inn.”
“K: L'envers et l'endroit (which I suppose translates as”
“That, I suppose, is kind of obvious considering both movies are about brilliant surgeons with bizarre fetishes.”
“Which I suppose is like saying of South Carolina Gov.”
“Unless, of course, you believe that government-owned capital assets aren't productive, which I suppose is your right.”
“This I suppose is fine if you are a follower, but contrast Polytheism to our government and you have a better match.”
“The point here, I suppose, is that check-cashing fees may be an exploitative scam run by sleazeballs, but that they may turn out to be a more prudent option for the working poor than the even-more exploitative scam run by the more mainstream, but sleazier sleazeballs of the banking industry.”
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Definition Many of these can also be dynamic.
Please just list bare infinitives to keep the list wieldy. Perhaps a tag (e.g., “stative”) would be sufficient for participles.)
Very basic words for ESL students.
Listening to this as an audio book for the second time. Tim O'Brien uses simple words and phrases to great effect. Very few unfamilar and big words . The writing style reminds me of words from Joh...
Plain old words that I love to use.
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