[suh-pohzd, -poh-zid]
assumed as true, regardless of fact; hypothetical: a supposed case.
accepted or believed as true, without positive knowledge: the supposed site of an ancient temple.
merely thought to be such; imagined: supposed gains.

1560–70; suppose + -ed2

supposedly [suh-poh-zid-lee] , adverb
nonsupposed, adjective
unsupposed, adjective Unabridged


[suh-pohz] ,
verb (used with object), supposed, supposing.
to assume (something), as for the sake of argument or as part of a proposition or theory: Suppose the distance to be one mile.
to consider (something) as a possibility suggested or an idea or plan proposed: Suppose we wait until tomorrow.
to believe or assume as true; take for granted: It is supposed that his death was an accident.
to think or hold as an opinion: What do you suppose he will do?
to require logically; imply; presuppose: The evidence supposes his presence near the scene.
(used in the passive) to expect or design; require or permit (followed by an infinitive verb): The machine is supposed to make noise. I'm not supposed to run fast.
verb (used without object), supposed, supposing.
to assume something; presume; think.

1275–1325; Middle English supposen < Old French supposer, equivalent to sup- sup- + poser to pose1; compare Medieval Latin suppōnere to suppose, Latin: to substitute, place below

supposable, adjective
supposably, adverb
supposer, noun
missuppose, verb, missupposed, missupposing.
unsupposable, adjective Unabridged
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suppose (səˈpəʊz)
1.  to presume (something) to be true without certain knowledge: I suppose he meant to kill her
2.  to consider as a possible suggestion for the sake of discussion, elucidation, etc; postulate: suppose that he wins the election
3.  (of theories, propositions, etc) to imply the inference or assumption (of): your policy supposes full employment
[C14: from Old French supposer, from Medieval Latin suppōnere, from Latin: to substitute, from sub- + pōnere to put]

supposed (səˈpəʊzd, -ˈpəʊzɪd)
adj (foll by to) (foll by to)
1.  (prenominal) presumed to be true without certain knowledge: his supposed date of birth
2.  (prenominal) believed to be true on slight grounds; highly doubtful: the supposed existence of ghosts
3.  expected or obliged (to): I'm supposed to be there at nine
4.  expected or obliged not (to): you're not supposed to walk on the grass

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., "to assume as the basis of argument," from O.Fr. supposer "to assume," probably a replacement of *suppondre (influenced by O.Fr. poser "put, place"), from L. supponere "put or place under," from sub "under" + ponere "put, place" (see position). Meaning "to admit
as possible, to believe to be true" is from 1520s.

"believed or thought to exist," 1580s, pp. adj. from suppose (q.v.); often with the -e- pronounced, to distinguish it from the passive p.t. supposed, now common in the sense of "to have a duty or obligation" (1859).
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Example sentences
It's supposed to help the bees' general health, and stimulate grooming behavior.
Apparently this is supposed to eliminate a lot of unwanted growth and make it
  easier to harvest our bounty.
The pungency is supposed to mellow after it sits for a couple days.
He gave such a strange account of himself that he was supposed demented.
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