supposed

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

Definition of supposed

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

  2. 2a :  held as an opinion :  believed; also :  mistakenly believed :  imagined the sight which makes supposed terror true — William Shakespeareb :  considered probable or certain :  expected it was not supposed that everybody could master the technical aspects — J. C. Murrayc :  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 officersb :  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

15th Century

First Known Use of supposed

15th century



SUPPOSED Defined for English Language Learners

supposed

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adjective sup·posed \sə-ˈpōzd; senses 1b and 2a usually -ˈpō-zəd, senses 3 and 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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