Supposed vs. Suppose

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  • Supposed (verb)

    simple past tense and past participle of suppose

  • Supposed (adjective)

    Presumed to be true, but without proof

    “Jesus is the supposed son of God.”

  • Supposed (adjective)

    Generally considered or expected.

    “The movie is supposed to be good.”

  • Supposed (adjective)

    Having an obligation.

    “You are not supposed to smoke in the restaurant. [Note: this means, you are obliged not to smoke.]”

    “The phone is supposed to come with a manual.”

  • Supposed (adjective)


    “The phone is supposed to save us time.””

  • Suppose (verb)

    To take for granted; to conclude, with less than absolute supporting data; to believe.

    “Suppose that A implies B and B implies C. Then A implies C.”

  • Suppose (verb)

    To theorize or hypothesize.

    “I suppose we all agree that this is the best solution.”

  • Suppose (verb)

    To imagine; to believe; to receive as true.

  • Suppose (verb)

    To require to exist or to be true; to imply by the laws of thought or of nature.

    “Purpose supposes foresight.”

  • Suppose (verb)

    To put by fraud in the place of another.

  • Supposed (adjective)

    generally assumed or believed to be the case, but not necessarily so

    “people admire their supposed industriousness”

  • Suppose (verb)

    think or assume that something is true or probable but lack proof or certain knowledge

    “I suppose I got there about noon”

    “he supposed the girl to be about twelve”

  • Suppose (verb)

    used to make a suggestion or a hesitant admission

    “suppose we leave this to the police”

    “I’m quite a good actress, I suppose”

  • Suppose (verb)

    used to introduce a hypothesis and imagine its development

    “suppose he had been murdered—what then?”

  • Suppose (verb)

    (of a theory or argument) assume or require that something is the case as a precondition

    “the theory supposes a predisposition to interpret utterances”

    “the procedure supposes that a will has already been proved”

  • Suppose (verb)

    be required to do something because of the position one is in or an agreement one has made

    “I’m supposed to be meeting someone at the airport”

  • Suppose (verb)

    be forbidden to do something

    “I shouldn’t have been in the study—I’m not supposed to go in there”

Oxford Dictionary

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