Definition of supposed
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 : 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 officersb : given permission : permitted was not supposed to have visitors
supposedlyplay \-ˈpō-zəd-lē also -ˈpōzd-lē\ adverb
Examples of supposed in a Sentence
this new computer program is a supposed improvement over the old one
Recent Examples of supposed from the Web
Over the past half-century, the U.S. Supreme Court has issues several major decisions regarding threats and free speech, but none have clearly defined how authorities should view a suspect’s intent when issuing a supposed threat.
Most of our weekly recaps of Apple news are based on reports and rumors from people with supposed ties to the company.
In 2015, researchers combed the Internet for all the supposed alternative therapies for Lyme disease and chronic Lyme.
Atar is also the brother of one of the supposed masterminds of the Paris plot, Oussama Atar.
The supposed buyer was in California and had sent the fake check to cover the cost of shipping.
The two met in the 20900 block of Frederick Road in Germantown, where the supposed buyer handed over a bank envelope that appeared to contain the five bills.
Jason Furman, a chairman of the White House Council for Economic Advisers under Obama, suggested that the Trump administration had double-counted the supposed benefits of its tax cuts.
The sentence above is spoken by a woman who has traveled a long distance to see the supposed miracle for herself.
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First Known Use of supposed
SUPPOSED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of supposed for English Language Learners
: claimed to be true or real
SUPPOSED Defined for Kids
Definition of supposed for Students
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.
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