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supposeverb

uk   /səˈpəʊz/  us   /səˈpoʊz/
  • 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 (= generally people think 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 polite requests: I don't suppose (that) you could lend me £5 till tomorrow?

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supposeconjunction

uk   /səˈpəʊz/  us   /səˈpoʊz/ (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 brakes checked.

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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