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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. X).

Suppone, v. Also: suppon, -oun, supone, subpone. P.p. also supponet, -at. [L. suppōnere. Cf. Suppos(e v.] tr.

1. To think or believe (something) to be the case, to have as one's opinion. Freq. in clauses introduced by as (once, so).(1) c1550 Rolland Ct. Venus Prol. 283.
And I suppone, the ofter that ȝe it reid, Ȝe sall the better tak baith the sence, and leid
1562 Breadalbane Lett. (Reg. H.) 12 Feb.
I nevir supponit bot att ȝe suld be ane honorable faithfull man
1569-73 Bann. Memor. 61.
A present was send, we suppone from the witches of Athole, to the queine murtherer of Scotland
a1578 Pitsc. I 26/6.
It is supponit he thocht seing the cuntrie swa dewydit … to haue had sum reull … be ressoun he had mareit the kingis mother
1580 Hay in Cath. Tr. 41/15.
Seing ye confesse … the Romane kirk some tyme to hawe bene the trew kirk: in quhat tyme and aige suppone ye that it decayed
1587 Reg. Privy C. IV 171.
The auditouris of the said Maister Williames sermone … wer movit to think and suppone that … he meanyit directlie the Quene
1596–7 Misc. Spald. C. I 115.
[That] he inquerit of thé quhat seiknes it was he haid, and that he supponit he was bewitchit
1598 Misc. Spald. C. I 120.
The Devill, thy maister, quhom thow … supponis to be ane engell
a1605 Montg. Sonn. lxiv 1.
Sir, I am sorie that ȝe suld suppone Me to be one in lucre to delyte
1619 Garden Elphinstoun 112.
It seem'd to him he sate … At th'altar of the mother-maid, Whome he suppons he sees
1638 Henderson Serm. 439.
I suppone that a man should keep his heart right, and all his outward actions
(2) a1500 Lanc. 2228.
For aduentur is non so gret to pref, As I suppone, nor ȝhe sal it esschef
1542 St. P. Henry VIII V 231.
Ȝour tendir nepho is departit fra this present life to oure grete desolatioun and as we suppone to ȝour hienes nocht litill displesour and treistes
1562-3 Winȝet I 120/21.
Or (as mony supponis) to the end that ȝe and ȝour priuat opinioun be nocht iugeit be men of superiour poueris?
1584 Edinb. Test. XIII 319b.
The said … schip … now in the pairtis of Norroway as he supponit
1591 Mining Rec. 25.
His deutie as awner of the ground quhilk as we suppone extendis to aine vther tent
1596 Dalr. II 186/7.
The flour of fortitude, ȝouth, and nobilitie in Scotland … ar at ȝour command heir, conueinet to inuade Ingland as we suppone
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Bastardvs.
And (as I suppone) na reasone can be given quhairfore it is so called
1624 Brechin Test. IV 136b.
He leffis his vyif … his executrix and scho beinge with bearne as is suponit gif the bearne lewis [etc.]
1616 Sutherland Bk. II 122.
Gif so I supone he salbe a long bwirder

b. With future reference: To anticipate, expect. Also in clauses introduced by as and with object and infinitive.(1) 1490–1 Acta Conc. I 169/2.
For vtheris materis that is supponit to occur of France Spanȝe and Ingland in this sesoune of Lentrin … That therefore the justice airis be contenewit quhill eftir Pasche
1535 Stewart 23886.
As he supponit syne with haill consent, Of all Britane he wes maid haill regent And governour
c1550 Rolland Ct. Venus i 925.
For I suppone he will me hald partie
1560 Rolland Seven S. 1526.
I suppone we sall get better frute Of this ȝoung tre, nor of the auld was had
a1578 Pitsc. I 31/21.
The chance happnit better nor ony man supponit
1580 Misc. Spald. C. II 111.
I suppone that I sall nocht gang to the court quhyll efter my Lord Marris brydell
1586–7 Cal. Sc. P. IX 247.
Supponin the vorst quhiche in goode faith I looke not for at youre handis
1609 Dunferm. B. Rec. II 60.
Albeit it be supponat and hoipit that [etc.]
1611-57 Mure Dido & Æneas i 976.
She … in love suppones A sweeter issue
(2) 1564 Canongate Kirk S. (ed.) 12.
The said Jonet allegis … that the said Monsieur Belloke wald marie hir at his hame cuming, quhilk as scho supponit to be schortlie
a1578 Pitsc. I 77/11.
The conditioun and fassoune of all the Douglassis … hes ben in this wayse as this is and as I suppone to be in tyme comming bot dout
c1650 Spalding II 151.
As sum supponit, it wes contynewit to the nixt Parliament
(3) a1578 Pitsc. I 21/1.
To haue support aganis the gouernour and queine quhome he supponit schortlie to cum to invaid him
a1578 Pitsc. I 23/20.
All men supponit the samyn for to indure for ever and euer onbrokin
c1590 Fowler II 141/13.
Some prences … haue erected up citatedlls, builded fortresses, supponing therby to hald in brydill these quha might haue … courage to attempt aganst theme
c1590 J. Stewart 18/122.
In veirray deid scho suirlie dois suppon That Rennault ryns to gif hir ȝit assay

2. To assume as given; to presume, suppose, take for granted. 1490 Irland Mir. II 136/17.
I suppone heir the thre proposiciouns and veriteis that I haue declarit in the cheptur precedent
a1500 Prestis of Peblis 49 (Asl.).
I think nocht to presome … To tell ane tale; bot erar I suppone The first tale tald mot be master Jhon
1531 Bell. Boece I lv.
First, I suppone, that the thing that I say … be nocht takin in repreif of every man
1532 Hamilton P. I 5.
Cousing, We suppone ye remembir how we wrate our letteris to you of before … desiring you to concur with the Werdan of our West Merchis [etc.]
1561 Q. Kennedy Compendious Ressonyng (ed.) 157/26.
Ȝe suppone the thing quhilk is impossible, ascrywand ignorance and wickitnes to the interpretatioun of the disciplis of the apostlis
1561 Q. Kennedy Compendious Ressonyng (ed.) 180 (G).
Albeit my selff be ignorant of the mistereis thairoff, I suppone na les bot the haly kyrk Catholik … can dewlie intrepte the samyn
1591 Thanes of Cawdor 195.
This mater is mair heychlie tain up heir nor ye suppoun
1601 Cal. Sc. P. XIII App. 1135.
Ye supponing he had a comission as he had none true
1619 Sel. Biog. I 98.
That put him in suspition with other good breither who supponed he had yielded any thing to them
1622 Scot Narr. 305.
My Lord, it might be supponed, that seeing I have been so many years under censure … I might now … in my old dayes look for some pitie and ease
1629 Justiciary Cases I 134.
1637 Gillespie Eng. Pop. Ceremonies iv i 2.
Because he could not prove this … he choosed to suppone it
a1658 Durham Commandments 213.
Anger, that supponeth a pretended wrong, and is desirous of revenge

3. In the imperative or present participle, introducing a hypothetical statement: Assuming, in the event (that, etc.). Also (once) in the impersonal construction it is supponit that, introducing a proposition.(1) 1531 Bell. Boece I 18.
Suppone we be vincust … than sall ye be ane facill pray to your ennimes
1533 Boece 234b.
Ȝe sall vnderstand grete pussance is nocht requirit to oursett inemyis, supponyng thai salbe lichtlie vincust, quhilk latelie … be oure armye was defate
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 6170.
Subponyng that thare wer ane wall of bras, One glorifeit body may … Out throw that wall, without impediment, pas
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 6204.
Suppone sum be on erth … Or heycht abone
1581 Burne Disput. 122.
Suppon vith ȝour selfis that thair had not bene sik ane thing in the varld
1584 Maxwell Mem. I 317.
Supponing the said Niniane micht perswad hir mare nor we
1604-31 Craig v 9.
Suppone Thy mistres … from her heart wisheth hir leile loue to see
1649 Review Bramble's Faire Warning 7.
But suppone that some fourscore yeares agoe, the Scotis before [etc.]
(2) 1611-57 Mure Cry of Blood 157.
The Taske in hand, suppone the hazard great, Yet neither case, nor cure are desperate
1624 Huntar Weights & Measures 28.
Example, suppone the end of the litle peece to bee 8 falles, and the nether end 12 falles [etc.]
1639 Baillie I 182.
Onlie suppone us here to err
(3) 1622 Crim. Trials III 518.
It is supponit that ane notter war hangit for ane fals instrument, and he had gevin the excipient ane seising tuentie yeiris afoir, is that seising, gevin sa lang befoir, false?

b. To be or rest assured. a1568 Scott i 203.
Suppone maist sure He sall thé send support

4. To substitute fraudulently. 1542 St. P. Henry VIII V 231.
That the malefactouris may be punist in thair awn personis, and na utheris supponit in thair place

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