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Meaning of “suppose” in the English Dictionary

"suppose" in British English

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supposeverb

uk   /səˈpəʊz/  us   /-ˈpoʊz/
  • suppose verb (THINK LIKELY)

A2 [T] to ​think that something is ​likely to be ​true: [+ (that)] Dan didn't ​answer his ​phone, so I suppose (that) he's ​busy. He ​found it a lot more ​difficult to get a ​job than he supposed it would be. [+ (that)] Do you suppose (that) Gillian will ​marry him? It is ​widely supposed (that) the ​CEO will be ​forced to ​resign. [+ to infinitive] We all supposed him to be ​German, but in ​fact he was ​Swiss. Her new ​book is supposed to be (= ​generallypeoplethink it is) very good. [+ (that)] used to show that you ​think something is ​true, ​although you ​wish that it were not: I suppose (that) all the ​tickets will be ​sold by now. [+ (that)] used when you are ​annoyed: I suppose (that) you're going to be late again. I suppose (that) you ​think that's ​funny. Well, I ​certainly don't.B1 used to show ​unwillingness to ​agree: "Can I go out ​tonight?" "Oh, I suppose so." [+ (that)] I don't ​agree with it, but I suppose (that) it's for the ​best. [+ (that)] used in making ​politerequests: I don't suppose (that) you could ​lend me £5 till ​tomorrow?

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supposeconjunction

uk   /səˈpəʊz/  us   /-ˈpoʊz/ (also supposing)
(Definition of suppose from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"suppose" in American English

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supposeverb [I/T]

 us   /səˈpoʊz/
  • suppose verb [I/T] (THINK LIKELY)

to ​expect or ​believe: [I] "Will you be going with them?" "Yes, I suppose (so)." [+ (that) clause] "You don’t suppose (that) they ​forgot about ​meeting us, do you?" Suppose can also show that you are ​guessing about something: [T] I suppose it’s about six ​months since I last had the ​brakeschecked.

supposeconjunction

 us   /səˈpoʊz/ (also supposing,  /səˈpoʊ·zɪŋ/ )
  • suppose conjunction (WHAT IF)

(used at the ​beginning of a ​sentence or ​clause) what would ​happen if: Suppose we ​miss the ​train – what would we do then? Supposing that you had that ​opportunity, Mrs. Gallagher, what would you say?
(Definition of suppose from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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