supposed

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adjective sup·posed \sə-ˈpōzd; 1b & 2a usually -ˈpō-zəd, 3 & 4 often -ˈpōst\

Definition of supposed

  1. 1a :  pretended <twelve hours are supposed to elapse between Acts I and II — W. S. Gilbert>b :  alleged <trusted my supposed friends>

  2. 2a :  held as an opinion :  believed; also :  mistakenly believed :  imagined <the sight which makes supposed terror true — Shakespeare>b :  considered probable or certain :  expected <it was not supposed that everybody could master the technical aspects — J. C. Murray>c :  understood <you will be supposed to refer to my grandaunt — G. B. Shaw>

  3. 3 :  made or fashioned by intent or design <what's that button supposed to do>

  4. 4a :  required by or as if by authority <soldiers are supposed to obey their commanding officers>b :  given permission :  permitted <was not supposed to have visitors>

supposedly

play \-ˈpō-zəd-lē also -ˈpōzd-lē\ adverb

Examples of supposed in a sentence

  1. <this new computer program is a supposed improvement over the old one>

1566

First Known Use of supposed

1566



SUPPOSED Defined for English Language Learners

supposed

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adjective sup·posed \sə-ˈpōzd; 1b & 2a usually -ˈpō-zəd, 3 & 4 often -ˈpōst\

Definition of supposed for English Language Learners

  • : claimed to be true or real


SUPPOSED Defined for Kids

supposed

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adjective sup·posed \sə-ˈpōzd\

Definition of supposed for Students

  1. 1 :  forced, expected, or required <I am supposed to be home early.>

  2. 2 :  believed or claimed to be true or real <the supposed murderer>

  3. 3 :  given permission <I'm not supposed to stay out after dark.>

supposedly

\-ˈpō-zəd-lē\ adverb


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