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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Suppose  \Sup*pose"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Supposed};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Supposing}.]  [F.  supposer;  pref.  sub-  under  +  poser 
  to  place  --  corresponding  in  meaning  to  L.  supponere 
  suppositum  to  put  under  to  substitute,  falsify, 
  counterfeit.  See  {Pose}.] 
  1.  To  represent  to  one's  self  or  state  to  another,  not  as 
  true  or  real,  but  as  if  so  and  with  a  view  to  some 
  consequence  or  application  which  the  reality  would  involve 
  or  admit  of  to  imagine  or  admit  to  exist,  for  the  sake  of 
  argument  or  illustration;  to  assume  to  be  true;  as  let  us 
  suppose  the  earth  to  be  the  center  of  the  system,  what 
  would  be  the  result? 
  Suppose  they  take  offence  without  a  cause  --Shak. 
  When  we  have  as  great  assurance  that  a  thing  is  as 
  we  could  possibly,  supposing  it  were  we  ought  not 
  to  make  any  doubt  of  its  existence.  --Tillotson. 
  2.  To  imagine;  to  believe;  to  receive  as  true. 
  How  easy  is  a  bush  supposed  a  bear!  --Shak. 
  Let  not  my  lord  suppose  that  they  have  slain  all  the 
  young  men,  the  king's  sons;  for  Amnon  only  is  dead. 
  --2  Sam.  xiii. 
  3.  To  require  to  exist  or  to  be  true;  to  imply  by  the  laws  of 
  thought  or  of  nature;  as  purpose  supposes  foresight. 
  One  falsehood  always  supposes  another,  and  renders 
  all  you  can  say  suspected.  --Female 
  4.  To  put  by  fraud  in  the  place  of  another.  [Obs.] 
  Syn:  To  imagine;  believe;  conclude;  judge;  consider;  view; 
  regard;  conjecture;  assume. 

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