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be supposed to

Definition of be supposed to

  1. 1 :  to be expected to do something <They are supposed to arrive tomorrow.> <She was supposed to be here an hour ago.> <The movie was supposed to earn a lot of money at the box office, but it didn't.>

  2. 2 :  to be intended or expected to be something <The party was supposed to be a surprise.>

  3. 3 —used to show that one is angry or offended by something <Was that supposed to be funny? I thought it was quite rude.> <“Well, you've done it again.” “What's that supposed to mean?”>

  4. 4 —used to say what someone should do <You are supposed to listen to your parents.> <I'm supposed to clean my room before I go outside.> <What are we supposed to do in a situation like this?> <Do what you're supposed to.>

  5. 5 —used to refer to what someone is allowed to do <We were not supposed to leave the room.> <Are you supposed to be here after the building has closed?>

  6. 6 —used to indicate what people say about someone or something <“I heard that she's good.” “She is supposed to be the best doctor in town.”> <That breed of dog is supposed to be good with kids.> <The word is supposed to be derived from Latin.>



Word by Word Definitions

supposedplay
  1. :  pretended

    :  alleged

    :  held as an opinion :  believed


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