supposed

adjective
sup·​posed | \ sə-ˈpōzd How to pronounce supposed (audio) ; senses 1b and 2a usually sə-ˈpō-zəd How to pronounce supposed (audio) , senses 3 and 4 often sə-ˈpōst How to pronounce supposed (audio) \

Definition of supposed

1a : pretended twelve hours are supposed to elapse between Acts I and II— W. S. Gilbert
b : alleged trusted my supposed friends
2a : held as an opinion : believed also : mistakenly believed : imagined the sight which makes supposed terror true — William 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 : made or fashioned by intent or design what's that button supposed to do
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

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Examples of supposed in a Sentence

this new computer program is a supposed improvement over the old one

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But this supposed toughness is incompatible with his longing for approval and fear of opprobrium. Boris Johnson, The Economist, "Boris Johnson, illusionist," 4 July 2019 The business cards were crafted to make the supposed owner appear to be a local person, as was a grocery list that was also enclosed. Author: Malcolm Ritter, Anchorage Daily News, "Lost wallet? More cash means you’re likelier to get it back," 21 June 2019 The business cards were crafted to make the supposed owner appear to be a local person, as was a grocery list that was also enclosed. Author: Malcolm Ritter, Anchorage Daily News, "Lost wallet? More cash means you’re likelier to get it back," 21 June 2019 While many in the West ponder their own politics and lament the supposed erosion of their freedoms, the people of Hong Kong are engaged in a real struggle for their human rights against the world’s biggest authoritarian power. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "Hong Kong’s Flickering Hopes for Freedom," 21 June 2019 The business cards were crafted to make the supposed owner appear to be a local person, as was a grocery list that was also enclosed. Malcolm Ritter, Twin Cities, "Lost wallet? More cash means you’re likelier to get it back," 20 June 2019 The business cards were crafted to make the supposed owner appear to be a local person, as was a grocery list that was also enclosed. NBC News, "Lost wallet? More cash means you're likelier to get it back," 20 June 2019 The business cards were crafted to make the supposed owner appear to be a local person, as was a grocery list that was also enclosed. CBS News, "Lost your wallet? The more cash in it the likelier you'll get it back," 20 June 2019 The site of a supposed UFO crash in 1947, Roswell has an annual extraterrestrial festival that draws thousands. USA TODAY, "Pride pickup, sphinx on move, Tony Stark’s cabin: News from around our 50 states," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of supposed

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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supposed

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of supposed

: claimed to be true or real

supposed

adjective
sup·​posed | \ sə-ˈpōzd How to pronounce supposed (audio) \

Kids Definition of supposed

1 : forced, expected, or required I am supposed to be home early.
2 : believed or claimed to be true or real the supposed murderer
3 : given permission I'm not supposed to stay out after dark.

Other Words from supposed

supposedly \ -​ˈpō-​zəd-​lē \ adverb

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