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supposing

[suh-poh-zing] /səˈpoʊ zɪŋ/
conjunction
1.
upon the supposition or premise that; in the event that.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; see suppose, -ing2
Related forms
nonsupposing, adjective

suppose

[suh-pohz] /səˈpoʊz/
verb (used with object), supposed, supposing.
1.
to assume (something), as for the sake of argument or as part of a proposition or theory:
Suppose the distance to be one mile.
2.
to consider (something) as a possibility suggested or an idea or plan proposed:
Suppose we wait until tomorrow.
3.
to believe or assume as true; take for granted:
It is supposed that his death was an accident.
4.
to think or hold as an opinion:
What do you suppose he will do?
5.
to require logically; imply; presuppose:
The evidence supposes his presence near the scene.
6.
(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.
7.
to assume something; presume; think.
Origin
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
Related forms
supposable, adjective
supposably, adverb
supposer, noun
missuppose, verb, missupposed, missupposing.
unsupposable, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for supposing

suppose

/səˈpəʊz/
verb (transitive; may take a clause as object)
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
Derived Forms
supposable, adjective
supposer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French supposer, from Medieval Latin suppōnere, from Latin: to substitute, from sub- + pōnere to put
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Word Origin and History for supposing

suppose

v.

early 14c., "to assume as the basis of argument," from Old French supposer "to assume," probably a replacement of *suppondre (influenced by Old French poser "put, place"), from Latin 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.

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